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Flyers Podcast: A Summer of Discontent, and What is the Plan?



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Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher and management have sent mixed messages to their fan base. What exactly is the team's plan moving forward?

The Philadelphia Flyers were supposed to have a busy summer.

Instead, they have made only a few minor moves, and management has backed off from its previously stated plan of an aggressive retool. So what exactly is the actual plan moving forward?

In my latest Broad Street Bullcast, I talked about the Philadelphia Flyers’ summer of discontent, the whiff on Johnny Gaudreau, the slim possibility of trading for Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk , and the mixed messages sent by the front office.

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Looks like the plan is to bottom out again next year, sell anyone who can garner a first round pick in a trade in February, and aim for a 50% chance at drafting either Michkov or Bedard. At least that would be a plan that makes some sense. Or, there is no plan and Fletcher is the most incompetent GM in all of sports.

John H

Plan B is correct.
It’s never the Flyers plan to bottom out, they are just inept at drafting, talent assessment and salary cap management.


I think they’ll wind up being bottom 5-10 team like last season—playing poorly for 85% of the season but turning it up a notch against other bottom teams in March and April as the other teams try to tank for said players, but the Flyers try to play for “pride.”


The way Fletcher has squandered picks and cash to address the RHD problem is a larger problem in itself. First he moved players and picks to get Niskanen and Braun. Niskanen retires. Repeats with Ellis and Risto. Ellis has preexisting injury. Repeats with DeAngelo.

If I’m an opposing GM, I don’t respect Fletcher. I see him as a chump who overpays out of desperation. He’s been doing it for the past decade (see: Parise and Suter), so it’s not a matter of *immediate* desperation to fix a sudden problem (because the team isn’t in the hunt for a Cup); it’s his bias to action that suggests he’s incapable of foresight or shrewd planning and negotiating.

If I’m an opposing GM, I quietly pray his RHDs get injured or suffer setbacks and I charge him an arm and a leg for a bottom line RHD who’s contract I want to get rid of.

There’s no plan; just the organizational belief that action sells seats—that action is a distraction from a bad product. Fans are worn out and not buying the con anymore.

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