Roy Halladay On the Importance of Chase Utley's Leadership to the Phillies

Roy Halladay On the Importance of Chase Utley's Leadership to the Phillies

Chase Utley may not be on the field on Friday
afternoon at Citizens Bank Park when the first pitch of the 2011 season
comes out of Roy Halladay's hand, but No. 26 will be in the dugout
sitting alongside Charlie Manuel and the rest of his teammates. The
importance of the quiet leader's presence can't be underestimated, at
least according to the 2010 Cy Young Award winner.

"The fact that he's here is big for this team. I know at some point
he's going to go do his rehab stuff, but as good as he is on the
field..." Roy Halladay said on Wednesday after the team's final On-Deck
Series tune up in Philadelphia when asked about what Chase Utley means
to the Phillies.

Doc continued, "The best part about him is his demeanor off the
field, his demeanor in the clubhouse, his work ethic. Guys see that.
Even now, watching guys come in and see him doing his rehab, it's a huge
presence in the clubhouse. I'm really glad that he's here doing that
and not in Florida doing that because I think he's a big part of this
team whether he's on or off the field. He still contributes when he's
not playing. I'm definitely glad he's here. We'd love to have him on the
field, but you can't underestimate the kind of influence that he has on
the clubhouse."

As many fans of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia know, the
force is strong in Chase Utley. His mere presence is felt by even the
greatest pitcher in the game. If Roy Halladay recognizes and appreciates
Chase Utley trying to work his way back to the baseball field, imagine
the kind of impact it can have on some of the greener guys on the club.

Fans in attendance on Friday won't get to hear Led Zeppelin's Kashmir, but Chase will be there. His teammates are well aware of that fact.

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Yet another change on Flyers' disappointing top line

Yet another change on Flyers' disappointing top line

VOORHEES, N.J. — Jakub Voracek’s self assessment following Saturday’s 5-2 win against the Devils said a lot about the state of the Flyers right now.

"The first 39 minutes, I played like horses--t," Voracek said. "You guys have got to watch the game a little bit more, you know what I mean? It's not only about points.”

To Voracek’s point, you can’t isolate on every player on every shift without the benefit of reviewing video and breaking down each player’s assignments. Even the players themselves don’t go to such time-consuming lengths.  

Against the Devils, Voracek was named the game’s first star following a three-point effort — a goal and a pair of assists — but the bigger question is what constitutes “playing well.” Voracek also mentioned he played good hockey over the past three games, but the puck just didn't go in.

To that, I would strongly disagree. 

Voracek was moved off the Flyers' top line after a subpar effort Thursday against the Blue Jackets where Dave Hakstol called him out for his failure to backcheck on a two-on-one goal that tied the game at 2-2. Voracek also had his pocket picked by Oliver Bjoirkstrand, leading to the Jackets' 6-2 goal, and as a result, he finished pointless with a minus-2 rating. 

Voracek is just a spoke in an increasingly large wheel that could be sized onto a semi-trailer truck. Claude Giroux’s pass created that turnover in Columbus and led to a goal, and his blocked shot Monday night turned into a breakaway score by the Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog and a 3-0 Colorado lead. Earlier, Sean Couturier failed to collapse on the penalty kill, which quickly turned into an easy tap-in power play goal to open the scoring.

Through the first nine games of the season, the Flyers' diagnosis is rather obvious. Their best and highest-paid players aren’t performing up to the standards they’ve set for themselves throughout their careers.

Defenseman Ivan Provorov has had a bumpy ride for the past two weeks either mishandling the puck or getting outmuscled along the boards, and after Monday's 4-1 loss to the Avalanche, Wayne Simmonds was asked how the top line could start producing more.

“Personally, myself, I’ve got to be better,” Simmonds said. “Those guys are great players and I’ve got to do a better job of loosening up pucks and things of that nature.”

Simmonds' two-game stint on the top line appears to be over. On Tuesday, the Flyers switched up that trio for a third time by re-inserting Travis Konecny on the right wing, where he started for the first two games of the season. 

Right now, nothing seems to stick, whether it’s the top forward line or the top defense pair.

To sum up their contributions at even strength, Provorov, Gostisbehere, Simmonds, Giroux, Couturier and Voracek are a combined minus-23 this season. Through the first nine games a year ago, that same core group was a plus-20.

Who has been the team’s most consistent forward so far this season? Scott Laughton.

Which defenseman has steadily improved over the past few weeks? Travis Sanheim.

While you need guys like Laughton and Sanheim to step up as supplemental contributors, if they’re the Flyers best players over the course of a long season, then this team is in serious trouble.

“Our chemistry hasn’t been great," general manager Ron Hextall said. "When you start seeing D pairs change and lines change, it’s because there’s no real chemistry there, and the chemistry comes with execution. I’m a pretty patient guy, but things need to start going better here.”

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