It’s only August, but I’m jonesing for some hockey.
Maybe it’s because I basically live in Canada or because watching Game of Thrones has me thinking about ice, but I’m impatiently waiting for the puck to drop on the new season. So, with about two months to go before the Flyers open up their new campaign, here’s five games to circle on your calendar.
In years past, July 1 was like a mini Christmas for the hockey world. Free agency brought out big contracts, massive payouts and exciting new names in new cities and jerseys. In recent years, free agency, especially for the Flyers, hasn’t been as exciting, and 2017 was no different.
There’s a lot to dive into here. Free agency starts in a couple of days, but both the Expansion Draft and Entry Draft happened the last couple of days. We’ll start with the who Vegas took from the Flyers and move on to who Philly added.
This morning, the NHL released the protection lists each team submitted ahead of the expansion draft. So in a completely useless exercise, I’m going to break down which player on the Flyers roster is most likely heading to Vegas.
The Flyers held a slew of picks heading into the 2017 NHL draft, then struck it rich moving all the way up from an almost certain number 13 pick to 2.In a draft where many experts have said depth isn’t great, it was a propitious turn of events for Ron Hextall and company.