The Flyers preseason starts two months from today with training camp starting a few weeks before that. So why should I be excited. The off-season has been a bore with the BIG move being the signing of RJ Umberger and defense man Nick “I see Nothing” Schultz.
Are the Flyers going to be better. Last season owner Ed Snyder said it was the worst camp ever and they started 4-10-1. So what happens this year if Coach Berube has a great camp. Will the Flyers be able to make a run at the cup?
The Flyers could score last season, problem was they couldn’t stop the other teams from scoring. They were 20th in the league. The Rangers were 4th in the NHL in defense and a so-so team went all the way to the Cup.
Can the Flyers do the same? Will having a good camp mean that team defense will be ‘team’ defense. Can that make the difference. Probably not much. Defense is an attitude and the Flyers Defense has none.
Which player does the opposition fear when crossing the blue line? No one. Until the Flyers replace the long gone Chris Pronger they will continue to struggle on defense. Signing goalie Mason was a good move but he will need help in front.
Team defense and a good camp may not be enough for 2014-2015.