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What might the next decade hold for the Flyers?

What might the next decade hold for the Flyers?

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Brooke Destra, Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall.

The topic: What might the next decade hold for the Flyers?

Destra

The Flyers certainly had their fair share of ups and downs over this past decade — but when you step back and look at things, the team had been the most consistent in the city through that span of time, when it came to postseason appearances, of course. Since 2010, the Flyers have made it to the playoffs five times, while the Eagles and Sixers four, and the Phillies just twice. And even though expectations might have fallen short, there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming years.

I’m most excited to see how the young core continues to develop. Things seem to be heading in the right direction, with Travis Konecny on his way to the All-Star Game. It’s great seeing new faces being able to represent the team. I had a feeling he’d be heading to St. Louis this year.

What I’m hoping to see is one of the most consistent decades of goaltending for the Flyers. If Carter Hart can gain even a little more confidence when he plays on the road, I think the league is going to deem this team as a long-term threat. From what I’ve seen, it seems like it's still slightly overlooked, but it won’t stay that way for much longer.

I truly see a decade full of winning.

And please, for the love of God … get Claude Giroux that Cup.

Emmer

It’s crazy to think it’s 2020! The past decade was full of many moments for the Flyers: Five different coaches, five playoff runs, players come and gone, the introduction of Hart ... and of course, GRITTY!

When we really look back on this decade from start to finish, it proves that so much can change in this game. I’m talking about team development and also the entire league.

That being said, I believe the next decade will bring many exciting moments for this team. With the way things are currently going, it is already starting the new decade strong and I’m excited for what’s to come with this team in the next 10 years.

If we look at the Flyers’ tools from the GM to the coaching staff to the youth of the players, the future is bright. The next decade will bring many more playoff runs for this team, a strong placement in the Metropolitan Division and potentially a Stanley Cup Final appearance.

One of the biggest advantages for the Flyers right now is their youth and since they have it, there should be a lot to look forward to in this next decade.

Hall

Two important areas in which the Flyers look promising and well-equipped for the next decade are goaltending and defense.

The clear future in net has already reached the present. Hart is only 21 years old and impressing as the Flyers’ No. 1 between the pipes. He’s a major bright spot for the next decade.

On defense, the Flyers look to be in good shape.

Ivan Provorov is only 22 years old and under contract up until the 2025 offseason.

Shayne Gostisbehere is only 26 years old and under contract up until the 2023 offseason.

Travis Sanheim is only 23 years old and should be a fixture on the blue line moving forward.

Philippe Myers is only 22 years old with big potential, 2013 second-round pick Robert Hagg is only 24 but a restricted free agent after this season and 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin could be in the picture.

And then coming up through the system are exciting blue-line prospects Cam York and Egor Zamula, along with Adam Ginning, Wyatte Wylie, Mason Millman and Wyatt Kalynuk.

Prospects and youngsters still need to become players, but there’s a lot to like with the makeup on the back end moving into the next decade.

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What if the Flyers had won Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final?

What if the Flyers had won Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final?

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Brooke Destra and Jordan Hall.

The topic: With the decade nearing its end, we wonder what if the Flyers had won Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final?

Destra

To say I think about this moment in Flyers history a lot is an understatement. It was the first time in my life that I was able to witness the team I grew up watching to go the Final. I remember who I was with, exactly where I was sitting and the feeling of sheer disappointment the moment Patrick Kane started celebrating — and to this day, I cannot rewatch that goal without feeling that same way all over again. 

So, it makes sense to think about what would’ve happened if the Flyers were able to come back and win Game 6 and force that final game in the series. What would’ve happened if they somehow came back and won it all? This past decade certainly would have been more bearable but here are some things I believe would have drastically changed if that dark horse 2009-10 team rose to the occasion to beat Chicago. 

• When the Flyers are at their best, Philadelphia becomes a hockey town — especially when the season finds it way to May and beyond, but the electric atmosphere hasn’t been around as much since this season. A few seasons in past years with that playoff-like atmosphere came with the overtime Claude Giroux goal in the Stadium Series in the 2018-19 season, Carter Hart’s professional debut with the team and the Flyers vs. Devils season opener back in October. 

It’s taken a while to sense that type of environment in the Wells Fargo Center again, but it’s finding its way back slowly but surely. If the 2009-10 team won, would that energy have ever gone away in the first place? Even with the team constantly making a push to the postseason five other seasons in the decade? — Probably not. 

• Peter Laviolette’s time in Philadelphia most likely would have extended, basically altering how the current coaching staff is today. After Laviolette was fired just three games into the 2013-14 season while his team went 0-3-0 … it makes you wonder if he would have had much more leniency if he had brought Lord Stanley down Broad Street. The answer is, yes he would’ve, especially considering his Flyers made it to the postseason his first three years while he was head coach. 

But as all things are, a domino effect would’ve taken place. Laviolette might have never gone to Nashville in May of 2014, Craig Berube might have never gotten around to coach the Flyers and then move on to the St. Louis Blues team who won him a Cup just last year. Would Dave Hakstol have even been a factor if this team won a Cup? It makes you wonder. Regardless, with the current coaching staff, it at least gives us a lot to look forward to as we head into the new decade. 

• Would two of the biggest pieces of that possible Cup-winning team have been traded just one season out of the Cup win? They were moves that completely shook the core and brought in new players and faces that Philadelphia had come to know and love. Jeff Carter was on his way to Columbus in return for Jakub Voracek and two draft picks, while Mike Richards, a move no one originally wanted to believe, was on his way to the Kings in return for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and another draft pick. 

Voracek and Simmonds became key parts to the Flyers’ roster in upcoming years, while Schenn was eventually traded to St. Louis for a return of Jori Lehtera and two draft picks — later to be known as Morgan Frost and Joel Farabee. 

And it’s possible that the Flyers wouldn’t still be paying off Ilya Bryzgalov’s contract — or it at least it still feels that way. 

But like I had mentioned previously, a Cup win would’ve created a different domino effect as opposed to the one we know after that loss in Game 6, but that list could go on and on and on. Instead of hanging on to what could have been in the past, there’s a lot to look forward to in the seasons ahead with the current makeup of the Flyers. 

It took a while to get here but now that everyone is, it’s time to get excited. 

Hall

We all know how Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final ended.

A weird, sudden, heartbreaking way for Flyers fans to see such a memorable run come to an end.

If the Flyers won Game 6 in Philadelphia, they still needed Game 7 in Chicago.

But let’s say they ride the high of a Game 6 win to one more victory and a Stanley Cup title celebration at the United Center. It would have ended the franchise’s Cup drought going back to 1975 and shaped the decade much differently for the club.

What sticks out most is how much this would have impacted the Flyers’ path of coaches. The decade saw five different head coaches. Had the Flyers won Games 6 and 7 of the 2010 Final, you’d think Laviolette would have had a much longer leash than three games in the 2013-14 season before being fired.

A Cup title would have won Laviolette some decent leeway. Because of it, would Hakstol, Scott Gordon or Alain Vigneault ever have coached in Philadelphia? What about Berube — would it have changed his path to St. Louis, where he won it all last season with the Blues?

It’s fun to wonder. And Philly would have been pretty fun had the Stanley Cup found its way to Laviolette’s hands during 2010.

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What should Flyers fans be thankful for on Thanksgiving?

What should Flyers fans be thankful for on Thanksgiving?

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall.

The topic: What should Flyers fans be thankful for on Thanksgiving? 

Emmer

Sean Couturier. He’s been a reliable player that makes good plays with and without the puck and he’s someone the Flyers are thankful for, especially in the month of November. 

An upper-body injury limited Couturier in the faceoff dot early in the month, but he still produced in other ways. Coots’ 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in November lead the team.

Not only is his production something, but also his ability to complement his linemates. Take Jakub Voracek for example, who was placed on a line with Couturier simply to increase his production:

We're trying to get [Jakub Voracek] going, and everybody that's played with [Sean Couturier] has found a pretty good level of success. That might jump start [Voracek] a little bit. We obviously need him playing well.

- Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault on Nov. 21, via NHL.com

And since that move, Voracek has three points in four games, including the GWG over the Canucks on Monday, which helped him get “the swagger back.”

Couturier and his 200-foot abilities are something to be thankful for.

Hall

Carter Hart and Brian Elliott.

Yes, Elliott, as well. Don’t forget him.

Goaltending has not made headlines so far and that is only a positive in Philadelphia.

Here are the numbers during the Flyers’ 8-2-4 November:

Hart — 5-2-2, 2.05 goals-against average, .921 save percentage.

Elliott — 3-0-2, 2.28 goals-against average, .926 save percentage.

At Thanksgiving last year, the Flyers had already played four goalies en route to playing an NHL-record eight by season’s end.

Hart has been strong and the 34-year-old Elliott held down the fort when the 21-year-old went through a rough patch in October.

The Flyers have some stability in net and fans will surely be thankful for that.

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