Flyers at Oilers, G55, 09-10

This is Bernie Parent, late 1960′s. He wore #30 for the Flyers from 1967-71, but changed to #1 when re-acquired in 1973 for their Stanley runs. I don’t know when he changed his mask (looks like this one came from the bones of goalies past) but that’s also a clue, plus the lighting looks old timey. #8 is either LW Don Blackburn (67-69) or RW Lew Morrison (69-71).

Parent was a wonderful goalie, likely the best goalie from 1967 through Hasek becoming Hasek. He didn’t have the career value of some, but Parent’s peak value was flat out Golden. I don’t know a soul who truly believes those Stanley’s would be in Philadelphia without him.

You can’t get tickets to Flyers games in this town. No matter the year, Philadelphia is “original 6-like” in terms of importance to this fanbase.

I think it is becoming fashionable to pick on Oilers management (everyone’s doing it and that means it is boring), but one of the things I fret about with this team moving forward is goaltending. Most great teams have very-good-to-great goaltending and the Oilers rebuild lacks any elite G prospects. Olivier Roy is tied for 4th in QMJHL save percentage and the two rookies on the major league roster are the other highly regard prospects.

If the Oilers are looking to pick up a prospect via the trade route this deadline, a quality goalie prospect would be a grand idea. The recent history of tonight’s visiting team is testimony to the importance of consistent goaltending for a hockey team.

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