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PHT Morning Skate: Will Philadelphia regret trading Bobrovsky?

Mar 12, 2013, 7:13 AM EDT

Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets clears the puck away from Ryan Jones #28 of the Edmonton Oilers during the third period on March 5, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Edmonton 4-3 in a shootout.
(March 4, 2013 - Source: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The San Jose Sharks are having a “fast and furious” campaign filled with extreme highs and lows, so analyzing the first half of the season is a difficult task. Still, Kevin Kurz did just that by taking a step back and going over what’s worked and hasn’t for the Sharks. (CSN Bay Area)

The Chicago Blackhawks have waived 33-year-old defenseman Steve Montador. Assuming no team claims his $2.75 million annual cap hit, the expectation is that he’ll report to the AHL and work on his conditioning as he attempts to return from a concussion. (Chicago Tribune)

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will turn 25 on March 21. Will the 2006 first overall draft pick ever live up to his potential? (Denver Post)

A look at the rise of shot blocking. (New York Newsday)

What are the chances that the Edmonton Oilers will trade 23-year-old forward Sam Gagner? He’s scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer and get a sizable raise if he keeps up his nearly point-per-game pace. (Edmonton Journal)

Will the Philadelphia Flyers end up regretting the trade of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

With the exception of their losses to the Islanders and Rangers over the weekend, the Washington Capitals have effectively stopped the bleeding after a horrendous start to the season. All the same, they have a ton of work ahead of them if they want to claw their way back into the playoff picture. (Washington Post)

Shawn Matthias recently vented his frustrations about the Florida Panthers’ struggles, and that’s understandable considering he’s been one of the few bright spots for the team lately. (Sun Sentinel)

  1. xflyersx - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Too early to tell, but if Bryz continues to play as inconsistently as he has here in Philly then the answer is probably yes.

  2. jimw81 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    People are being so narrow minded about Sergei Bobrovsky. he was 4-9-1 before last week. Sergei Bobrovsky was traded because holmgren and flyers thought giving bryz more games would turn into the goalie he was in phoenix. they were doing Bobrovsky a favor letting him go to allow him to become a starter somwhere else and get more playing time. But in the end, Bryzgalov is not the problem. The problem is that Bryzgalov is not the solution.

    • jimw81 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      Why is this site continuously posting articles from misinformed flyers beat writers?

    • ml3939 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      How could he have been 4-9-1 last week if he is 8-6-3 now? Is Bob playing in a time machine?

      • filadelphiaphlyers - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        4-6-3 isn’t much better. the point is he wasn’t an exceptional player for much of the season…even one could say he was struggling a bit.

        So Bryz has struggled in a few games lately…he has been our most consistent player for most of the season so far.

        I know its trying to reach for the past but I think this team would be just about right on track with a Pronger figure in the line up. They are not far off. He is not easily replaceable that’s for sure.

  3. mclovinhockey - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Not as much as they will regret skipping over Malcom Subban

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Actually Stolarz, who they picked in the 2nd is starting for the 3rd ranked London Knights in the OHL and he’s got like a 2.38GAA and 11 wins in like 15 starts. He’s obviously 3-5 years away but he’s a 6’5″ kid with excellent length. We have our goalie of the future. He was actually on tv while the Bruins were kicking our ass, so I watched the knights and Stolarz looks like a beast.

      • delsj - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Wow, you are much more patient than most Flyers fans.

      • gospitfires - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        just because a guy plays for london and another guy plays for bellville dosnt make him the better prospect. there is a reason Subban has been the starting goalie for Canada in both the world juniors and under 18 tournies and Stolarz hasnt represented America at all asfar as i can tell.

        I could have the same GAA and save percentage when the team i field every night is loaded with potential NHL players and my opponents are a bunch of guys who most nights wont even be in hockey in 3 years. Subban clearly seems to be the better goalie fo the future. ill take the guy putting up good numbers on one of the worst teams in the O than a guy on London any day of the week.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Nowhere in my post did I say Stolarz is a better prospect than Subban. I would much rather have Subban as he’s more athletic and has a better pedigree. But the Flyers didn’t pick Subban so it would make no sense to complain about something I can’t change. I’m looking on the bright side, and that bright side is Stolarz. He played in a less competitive league until this season, so I was remarking how well he looks currently against other top prospects. Subban is a 1st round talent who I personally wanted the Flyers to take, but they took Laughton and Stolarz. I wasn’t happy then, but the play of both has changed my mind. They’re both tearing it up against other top prospects, which bodes well for the Flyers future.

  4. puckmepuckyou - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Flyers surely did Bob a favor giving him a chance at full time. The kid is good and you have to remember he didn’t speak a word of English when he entered the NHL. I can see him getting a groove in Ohio and become a top 10 goalie. Bryz is not the problem in Philly great point. His inconsistency is annoying but he has been much more focused this season despite the train wreck that unfolds in front of him most nights. Bring up Terry Murray, thank Lavi for his services with no hard feelings and get this thing moving again.

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