Chuck Fletcher talks about the state of flyers
You are probably wondering, how can we get back on track !?
Today Matt Foley did not stand on the podium. Chuck Fletcher met for about half an hour with members of the media today to discuss the state of the Philadelphia Flyers after twenty games.
Injuries play a role. Fletcher began his press conference by addressing the injuries. In doing so, he brought up the use of Morgan Frost.
Making adjustments from the inside is how Fletcher plans to transform the Flyers this season. The team must become healthy. When they are in good health, they must improve in all facets of hockey. Philadelphia has proven they can hang on to division leaders, especially the Washington Capitals. Since then, some players have been unavailable and usually offer an additional advantage.
Frustration is mounting, but there is also a lot of hockey left. Confidence has waned, but Fletcher believes the Flyers “can be a good team in a tough division.” These next ten matches feature recent recurring opponents. It’s a reality check of what this team is in 2021-2022.
Close to come back
Kevin Hayes could join the Philadelphia Flyers as they take on his former team, the New York Rangers. According to Chuck Fletcher, Hayes said it was the best he had felt in “over a year.” Until he finds out how he will feel tomorrow morning, he will probably dress. He was a vital contributor to the Redemption victory over the Calgary Flames.
Wade Allison has been skating for about a week. Fletcher added that he had “skated hard” and “it is possible that he will play this week in Lehigh Valley”. When Allison gets the green light with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms or Flyers, it will be her debut in 2021-22.
Derick Brassard was uncomfortable in a skating session today. Chuck Fletcher admitted to having altered his lower body. “I hope it’s day to day, not week to week,” Fletcher said. There was no expectation of a comeback against the New York Rangers, but Fletcher hints he could miss an extended time.
Ryan Ellis, according to Fletcher, has made “good progress” with his treatment. He will resume his rehab while his teammates take on the Rangers. His status has not changed, in particular due to the logistics of being placed on the reserve for long-term wounded. Ellis has been battling nagging injuries since the Philadelphia Flyers faced the Washington Capitals in the preseason.
Patrick Brown is visiting a specialist tomorrow. “He will resume skating” if all goes well. Brown suffered a dislocation of his finger, which made it painful to handle a hockey stick. “I hope he can play next week. I don’t know if he’s a candidate for Sunday or Monday, ”Fletcher said. Everything sounds good from Fletcher, who says Brown “heals well”.
Lack of significant time
That was the wording used by Chuck Fletcher regarding Nate Thompson. Today, Thompson had surgery and the Philadelphia Flyers are waiting for an estimate of how much time Thompson will miss.
Where does Frost fit?
Before the start of the season, I asked the question of where Morgan Frost would fit into a healthy Philadelphia Flyers roster. A lot of people have said that Frost won’t excel at 4C, and they might be right. However, Chuck Fletcher was faced with this precise question.
Frost got the call after Derick Brassard injured himself. Brassard’s involvement missing overtime potentially means an extended stay for Frost.
What’s the best for Frost? Fletcher admits that Frost “started out a bit slow, but the points have come”. What caught the Flyers’ attention was his shorthanded play. Since his recall to Philadelphia, Frost has contributed an assist, but that’s just a sample of three games. Not enough to say he’s still too big for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the Flyers.
It’s not a crazy idea to set Frost to 3C, forcing Armband to 4C.
“Getting off is definitely an option if it’s the best thing for him. If he can help our team and continue to get the minutes he needs, then I’m all for keeping him here. There is an implication that he will focus in the middle of the six as long as he continues to move in the right direction. A return from Kevin Hayes means the distribution of scores can spread out. While Hayes fits easily into the roster, if that’s the method Alain Vigneault uses, Frost could easily center the second line tomorrow against the New York Rangers.
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