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The More Things Change . . .

By Wyatt Earp | October 25, 2006

The more they stay the same. Philadelphia Flyers interim general manager Paul Holmgren held court yesterday with the Philly media, when the following exchange took place (H/T, The Philadelphia Inquirer):

Question: “Is goaltending an issue?”

Holmgren: “No. With John {Stevens} coming in, he has a meeting with Robert {Esche} the other day, and I know Robert wanted that. They said it was a good meeting. We’ll see. We have two goalies and I believe they are both good goalies, but we have to sort it out.”

Eh, what?

Currently, my home team has a record of 1-6-1, and is tied for dead last in the entire league! Goaltender Antero Niittymaki has a goals against average of 2.99. “Goaltender” Robert Esche has a goals against average of 6.50! (For those of you who are not hockey fans, that’s atrocious.) And the new GM claims the team is not shopping around for a replacement netminder – even though the San Jose Sharks’ Vesa Toskala is allegedly available.

The fact of the matter is that the Flyers’ biggest issue is goaltending. And as long as the organization is in denial, the Flyers will remain in the cellar.

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