Flyers fans, rejoice! The overrated, overpaid softy that is Mike Comrie is no longer in Philly. After only 21 games and 9 measly points, they dealt Comrie to Phoenix for Sean Burke, Branko Radivojevic, and the rights to Ben Eager.
I dig this deal, because the Flyers need a proven veterean how can perform well in goal as the playoffs grow near. Burke may not be a long-term solution, but with Esche and Niittymaki waiting in the wings the Flyers look pretty set.
Well good, Burke is a proven Stanley Cup winner, so Philly is all set...no, wait....
Wait…if it’s MLK Jr. Day AND Pat Patterson’s Birthday…who gets the token win here?-- Matt "Excalibur05" Hocking on a match between Mark Henry and Rico
MH: What’s a clever way to say that I have a penis? CJ: Uh…Mark, nobody’s going to buy that shirt. MH: How about if I say that I’ve got…a…uh…? CJ: Coming up with T-Shirt ideas is hard Mark, why not leave it to the WWE marketing department. MH: I know! I’ve got it! CJ: Got what? MH: Stank! That’s Mah Stank! I’m gonna make a fortune!! CJ: “That’s Mah Stank”? MH: On the front it’ll say “Can You Smell It?” and on the back it’ll say “That’s Mah Stank”. Everybody’ll buy it because they’ll think it’s a Rock shirt. CJ: You know…you might be on to something there, sad to say. MH: I can’t wait to show mah stank to Trish.
You know, I have a feeling that Spanky didn’t quit, he was fired. Why? So they could repackage Mark Henry as “Stanky.” Think about THAT! --Matt "Excalibur05" Hocking, 1/19/04 Raw Satire
Their traditional second-round wipeout is imminent.
Clarke seems to think that any veteran goalie will do, because the front five are Murderer's Row. He's had this delusion for years. (What's the definition of insanity -- trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, right?)
Burke will be Roman Cechmanek 2004, this year's convenient scapegoat when the Flyers score two-to-four goals in the second round.
When Clarke resigns as GM and formally apologizes for the Oates-Ouellet trade, I'll come back to the Flyers family. Not until.
"It looks like it was a larger dog with tighter skin, and then someone grabbed him by the anus and pulled him as hard as they could." -- David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap, explaining the Shar-Pei
I don't mind the trade for Burke, although I think it's too soon to be dumping Comrie. The fact we have since lost two centers to injuries since then, and while it couldn't be forseen that that would happen it does reinforce the notion that this was too high a price to pay for a goalie that Phoenix really wanted to unload.
What pisses me off most about the Flyers right now, though, is Clarke's total lack of foresight. A couple weeks ago he trades Justin Williams, a solid 20 goal man who had a strong playoff last year, for Danny Markov because the team is hurting for defensemen. Now, a few days ago, he realizes tbat he's got too many blueliners and basically gives Eric Weinrich away to the Blues, ignoring the fact that he was the team's best defender in the playoffs a year ago. Even if you assume that Markov and Weinrich are a wash, he essentially gave Justin Williams away for a middle round draft pick...does that make sense for a team that struggles to score in the playoffs?
I'm all about having loyalty to one team, but it's getting almost unbearable being a Flyers fan...I honestly believe we're destined to be so close yet so far until Bob Clarke finally dies and lets a competent person do his job.
I think part of the Pittsburgh passion is derived from the fact that the city was very close to losing the team...maybe this is the team's way of saying "This is why we play hockey in Pittsburgh" or something.