Flyeround 2/14: Identity Crisis, Giroux the Grinder, & Postponements Galore

Flyeround

Welcome everyone to this week’s Flyeround! In case you’ve been living under a rock, this piece aims to catch you up on what you might have missed this past week from us here at Pod Street Bullies. You might be thinking, “What could I have possibly missed if everything was postponed?” Well, that’s fair. To that I say, you still missed out on some interesting pieces detailing struggles, benchings, and captain Claude Giroux being one of the greatest. Want to know more? Check out the stories below.

Recap

That’s right, recap. Not plural, singular. There was one game between the last Flyeround piece and this, and our guy Matt Hoagland has you covered on the 11-goal Sunday afternoon contest between the Flyer and the Capitals.

Pod Street Postgame: Matinee Goal Mania in the Capitol!

Welcome to the Pod Street Postgame! The Flyers were looking to put the Bruins series behind them, slated to take the ice on a snowy Superbowl Sunday matinee in Washington D.C. Both the Flyers and the Capitals got some much needed added depth to their rosters with the activations of Sean Couturier and Lars Eller. … Continue reading Pod Street Postgame: Matinee Goal Mania in the Capitol!

All-World G

Eamon Smith kicks things off this week with a look at Claude Giroux by the numbers. It’s no secret G is getting older. Much like fine wine however, he’s getting even better. Eamon takes us on a deep dive and explains why we may see an even better version of Giroux in the coming years.

Claude Giroux: All-World Grinder

Claude Giroux is a guy that most people think of as an offensive-minded player. For the majority of his career, that’s been totally apt. By Evolving Hockey’s EVO and Off GAR stats, Giroux has consistently been a top-flight scoring threat since his breakout 2010-2011 season. Silky mitts and powerplay quarterbacking will likely be the main … Continue reading Claude Giroux: All-World Grinder

PHI is PPD

With separate announcements being made this past week about several Flyers entering COVID protocol, news of future games being postponed was to be expected. The list stands at seven players, with Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Morgan Frost, Travis Sanheim, Justin Braun, Scott Laughton, and Oskar Lindblom now on the list. John Gove gives a quick write-up on the games being postponed until a makeup date is determined.

Breaking: Flyers vs. Capitals Postponed

Once a busy week ahead for the Philadelphia Flyers, the team now finds itself with at least a week off. First reported by Darren Dreger and Frank Seravalli, Philadelphia’s Tuesday night game against the Washington Capitals has been postponed. Thursday and Saturday’s games against the Devils were already postponed, making the next possible game Sunday … Continue reading Breaking: Flyers vs. Capitals Postponed

Quarter Season Crisis

The Flyers have completed 25% of their season to this point, and still have no identity. The team keeps winning games but nobody has been able to pinpoint their biggest strength. Derrik Bobb takes a look at the potential identities of this team and whether or not it will be a problem if and when the season resumes.

Flyers Quarter-Season Identity Crisis: Who Exactly Are the Flyers?

The Flyers are officially a quarter of the way through the 2020/21 season. They’re sitting at 8-3-2 and tied with Boston for first place in the MassMutual East Division. Despite being one of the best teams in terms of record, this team still has a lot to figure out. You could argue it has some … Continue reading Flyers Quarter-Season Identity Crisis: Who Exactly Are the Flyers?

Player Spotlight

The Pod Street Player Spotlight column moves along, this time detailing a red-hot James van Riemsdyk. John Scola breaks down where JvR came from, what got him to this point, and how he’s doing this year. Spoiler alert, he’s doing pretty good!

Pod Street Player Spotlight: James van Riemsdyk

What more can we say about the reemergence of James van Riemsdyk, a.k.a JvR, who has become the Flyers top goal scorer early on in this 2021 season. JvR is putting up solid numbers so far this season, leading the team in goals (7) assists(11) and points (18). He has come a long way from … Continue reading Pod Street Player Spotlight: James van Riemsdyk

Next Man Up

We’ve all heard the saying. The Flyers are living and dying by the “Next Man Up” mantra this season, and so far it’s paid off. Injuries have impacted the team a good bit in their first 13 games, but someone has always stepped into the lineup and done their job. However, Derrik decided to take it a step further and declare that the “next man up” mentality should be applied to benchings as well. Check out his reasons and some candidates below.

Flyers ‘Next Man Up’ Mentality Must Apply to Benchings

We’ve heard about it all year. The “next man up” philosophy. When one man goes down, another steps up. We saw Morgan Frost slide in when Sean Couturier was injured. We saw Connor Bunnaman come in when Morgan Frost was injured. The phrase itself is perfectly indicative of the situation the Flyers were in during … Continue reading Flyers ‘Next Man Up’ Mentality Must Apply to Benchings

BONUS!

While this was included in last week’s Flyeround, it’s worth mentioning again. Derrik put out a piece looking at the pros and cons of Ron Hextall being hired as the Pittsburgh Penguins general manager. Well, Waddaya know!? Hexy traded in his orange and black for orange and yellow and is now the GM of our hated rivals to the west. With that, it’s worth revisiting what Flyers fans should be excited, and worried, about with Hextall at the helm of the team that almost moved to Kansas City.

Ron Hextall as Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager: Pros & Cons

Still fresh in Flyers fans minds, the thought of Ron Hextall as general manager evokes different emotions depending on who you ask. Some will say he was essential in building the Flyers team we see today. Others will treat his name like the f-word, seldomly spoken but used with conviction. One thing these fans can … Continue reading Ron Hextall as Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager: Pros & Cons


That’s it for this week’s Flyeround! Be sure to keep checking in throughout the week, even if hockey still isn’t happening. The articles never stop even if the action has. Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you as well!

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