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Regrets? Thomas could have been in orange and black

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08:37 AM ET 05.05 | Tim Thomas may be haunting the Flyers in more ways than one. Thomas might have been in orange and black Wednesday night if Paul Holmgren was willing to roll the dice on the then-36-year-old goalie during the NHL draft last June, when Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was openly shopping Thomas and his $5 million salary. Holmgren was one of three GMs seen having lengthy discussions with Peter Chiarelli, but the sticking point for both, in this hard-cap world of the NHL, was money.

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May 5, 2011  08:55 AM ET

things are always different on paper, than the actual results

May 5, 2011  08:58 AM ET

still cannot figure why Laviolette was waiting to go back to Bob for so long... but that's why he makes the big bucks.

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May 5, 2011  09:27 AM ET
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still cannot figure why Laviolette was waiting to go back to Bob for so long... but that's why he makes the big bucks.

For one more game anyway.

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May 5, 2011  09:53 AM ET

Think the Bruins had the series last year in mind?

May 5, 2011  10:02 AM ET

I don't usually make predications, but....I bet that 10 minutes after the Cup finals are over, the Flyers release Boucher and try (once again) to find a goalie. I still think Bob is going to be good, but it's obvious by the number of brutally soft goals that Boucher has let in that a decent backup is needed.

May 5, 2011  10:06 AM ET

As i said from the start of the Buffalo series, Lavvy has way over-coached the goalie position in this post season. Honestly, why pull Bob after three goals against when Miller also had 3 goals against and didn't get pulled. It's called a goalie duel. Let him finish ffs. And then not even dress him for 2 games and put in Lameton? That was insulting.

I have a quantity of man-love for Boosh. It's real hard not to root for the guy, but c'mon. He's been a sieve this year. I have no idea why Bob hasn't gotten the lion's share of the post season starts after getting the lion's share of the regular season starts. Too many softies going in this year. You can't win when you are constantly chasing the game.

In my opinion, Holmgren has to overpay in the offseason and bring Ilya Bryzgalov to Philly. We'll hafta trade some of our vaunted depth to make room, but i'm sick and tired of being betrayed by cheap goaltending year after year after year.

No matter how this year turns out (we've been here before) Bryzgalov needs to be in a Flyers jersey next year. Not only is he a fanastic goalie, but he would be a very big part of Bobrovski's future development.

Sorry for the chapter. I'm extremely frustrated this morning.

May 5, 2011  10:10 AM ET

In my opinion, Holmgren has to overpay in the offseason and bring Ilya Bryzgalov to Philly.

Since it snows in Philly princess Ilya may not want to play there...

May 5, 2011  10:20 AM ET
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I don't usually make predications, but....I bet that 10 minutes after the Cup finals are over, the Flyers release Boucher and try (once again) to find a goalie. I still think Bob is going to be good, but it's obvious by the number of brutally soft goals that Boucher has let in that a decent backup is needed.

They have a lot of good young forwards, trade one for a legit #1 goalie. I don't get why they won't do this. For years and years they keep trying the we can win without a good goalie. Well they can't. Boucher is a solid back up if you have a true #1 and he should NEVER be starting in the playoffs. As I have said, he wasn't good enough a decade ago why would they think he would be better now.

May 5, 2011  10:37 AM ET
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They have a lot of good young forwards, trade one for a legit #1 goalie. I don't get why they won't do this. For years and years they keep trying the we can win without a good goalie. Well they can't. Boucher is a solid back up if you have a true #1 and he should NEVER be starting in the playoffs. As I have said, he wasn't good enough a decade ago why would they think he would be better now.

I agree. There is more than enough depth at forward to make a trade. Losing some offensive production would be more than offset by a goalie who can make routine saves. I think the Flyers certainly have tried to get a good goalie, they just continue to misfire. Hopefully, after last year's game 6 in the Cup finals and this year's playoffs, they will finally be convinced to make the deal for true #1. Bob can be that guy in a couple years but they need someone to be THE guy now. It's painfully obvious.

May 5, 2011  10:40 AM ET
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I agree. There is more than enough depth at forward to make a trade. Losing some offensive production would be more than offset by a goalie who can make routine saves. I think the Flyers certainly have tried to get a good goalie, they just continue to misfire. Hopefully, after last year's game 6 in the Cup finals and this year's playoffs, they will finally be convinced to make the deal for true #1. Bob can be that guy in a couple years but they need someone to be THE guy now. It's painfully obvious.

I understand To***to will make Gaggy available.

No need to thank me. Really, no need. :-)

May 5, 2011  10:52 AM ET

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May 5, 2011  11:19 AM ET
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I suck.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_su5JzMbsA&feature[/yout ube]

If he comes with his own stick, he's hired.

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May 5, 2011  11:44 AM ET
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I still suck.



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