And not a second too soon. Lost in a Masters-filled Sunday will be the final game of the Flyers' 2006-2007 season, where the team will finish dead last in the NHL and with the worst record in their storied 40-year history.
If you're a Flyers fan, tune in for at least a few minutes today, because it's the last time you'll see some of these faces. Paul Holmgren will look to this failed campaign as a one-year rebuilding period, marked by key free agent signings in what will be one of the biggest and deepest unrestricted groups in the history of the league. Homer's already begun, inking goalie Martin Biron to a two-year deal and bringing in some youth to evaluate or deal for next season. All indications are that this was a one-year fluke, and that the Flyers will be at the top of the standings, but then again, no one saw this season's abysmal showing coming. At least they had one player lead the league in something: Ben Eager, penalty minutes. The team rewarded him by naming him its Most Improved Player. Not often the guy who leads the team in PIM is named its MIP.
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With the virtual guarantee of some proven talent being signed by a franchise that's never been afraid to spend money, the biggest question mark is coach John Stevens. In a word, Stevens' first season after taking over for an impulsively fired Ken Hitchcock was unimpressive. Under his direction, the Flyers saw an NHL record drop in points from one season to the next (47). However, he was resigned to an extension, so we'll probably see him behind the bench again next season.
I won't complain if Stevens is back, not right away anyway, but there is one guy I think the Flyers brass should look at before too long: Claude Julien. Despite his Devils team being poised for a Cup run in second place in the East, and winning four of their previous five, Julien was fired by insane but brilliant GM Lou Lamoriello, who will coach the team in the playoffs. The GM said it was because the team lacked intensity, but I think Double L is just a bit unhinged; he's done this before, and he'll do it again.
It's Not Your Fault. It's Not Your Fault.
So to the Flyers' faithful, you had a helluva season. Despite an absolutely horrid stretch of home games this year, you came out in force every night and showed recognition of this team's history of winning. I think next year you'll be rewarded for not breaking your ankles jumping off the bandwagon.
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For the fourth year in a row, Villanova was picked to win the Big East in the league's preseason coaches' poll.
The Wildcats received eight of the 10 possible first-place votes in the poll, which was released on Wednesday and doesn't allow coaches to vote for their own teams. Seton Hall and Xavier received the other two first-place votes.
Villanova finished the 2016-2017 season with a 15-3 record in the Big East, good for first place in the conference, and capped it off with the Big East tournament crown.
The Wildcats finished last season with a 32-4 record overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The team returns two starters from last season, including forward Mikal Bridges, who was picked for the All-Big East second team, and point guard Jalen Brunson, who was selected as the 2017-2018 Big East Preseason Player of the Year. Brunson's averages of 14.7 points and 4.1 assists led him to an All-Big East first team selection in 2016-2017.
Sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo, who averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game on his way to making the Big East all-freshman team, is another returning player that will play a big factor for 'Nova. The Wildcats also add freshman forward Omari Spellman to the mix after he redshirted last season. Spellman was picked in the coaches' poll as the preseason Freshman of the Year.
Jay Wright's squad tips off the 2017-18 season on Nov. 10 against Columbia.