If you could fly to 1975, hockey fans would tell you the Flyers had enjoyed a charmed life when it came to goaltenders. Parent and Favell at the expansion draft, 2 Stanley’s and then Bernie’s career ends. They grab 1968 Olympic goaltender (Canada) Wayne Stephenson and things roll along. After that, Pete Peeters, Pelle Lindbergh, tragedy, but Bob Froese is there and soonafter Ron Hextall. By now we’re 25 years into the franchise and the goaltending has been sublime.
I’m not quite sure when it happened–maybe it was the year Curtis Joseph was out there and the club signed John Vanbiesbrouck, or maybe it was the year they sent Toronto two firsts for a second stringer–but the Flyers have been born under a bad sign for a long, long time.
Jaromir Jagr had some pleasant things to say about Ales Hemsky in yesterday’s EJ:
“If Wayne Gretzky got traded, anybody can be traded. Whatever management wants to do, they’ll do. Might be good for them, might be good for (Hemsky) He’s got talent. Maybe if he went to a different team it would like a new start. Maybe he gets 100 points. He’s that skilled.”
Steve Tambellini may be in some luck as things are happening as the deadline approaches. If the Oilers plan to deal 83–and that’s my guess–then Koivu’s signing and the early deals outside the Oilers possible targets (a F for DET, NAS, SJS, LAK, BOS, NYR, possibly PHI) should bode well.
There’s no way the Oilers get full value, though. Hemsky’s season is recovering, but not in time for the deadline.