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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Weak goaltending. Lost expressions. Lack of coaching adjustments. Fans leaving early.

The end of another Flyers' season, their 39th in failed pursuit of Stanley Cup III.

Not that it was Ilya Bryzgalov's fault that they lost, for hockey is a team game and, wow, did he have plenty of help. But he was not the $51 million goalie that he was sold as ... and certainly was undependable in the Devils series.

Now what? Last offseason, the Flyers changed philosophies and captains --- spending big for a goaltender and shipping Mike Richards to L.A.

For a while, that upheaval seemed to make sense. Ultimately, it might. They do have an intriguing, young nucleus.

It's just that it could have happened this year. And they know it.

Check out my column in the Daily Times and on Wednesday, along with a story about Kimmo Timonen, who is convinced that the Flyers will win a Stanley Cup some day ... but not sure whether he will be with them to enjoy it.


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