So the Flyers preemptively signed consistent 4th liner Zac Rinaldo to a 2 year deal worth about $850,000 per year. The shocking part about the signing is that Rinaldo was still under contract until the next offseason. It’s not really a good move, like, not at all. Rinaldo is a locked 4th liner for a reason.
The announcement of Rinaldo’s new contract was met with the immediate backlash that was expected. If you only look at his stats, Rinaldo has only really improved in one area: earning penalty minutes. In the 32 games Rinaldo played in the shortened season 2012-2013 Rinaldo had 5 points and 85 penalty minutes. Last season he played 67 games and ended the season with 4 points and 153 penalty minutes. Oh god it’s so bad, Rinaldo earned the most penalties of any other player on the team besides Wayne Simmonds(106) and Scott Hartnell(103). So a big complaint about Rinaldo’s new contract is obviously the amount of time he spends in the penalty box. The Flyers in general spent way too much time penalized last season and if Rinaldo’s numbers hold true they’ll be a penalty killing team again, although the Scott Hartnell trade may help that a bit.
People who look to advanced stats like corsi (which i’m trying to learn now) point to Rinaldo’s low even strength possession stat. If i’m reading it right 60% of the time Rinaldo is on the ice the opposing team is in control of the puckin the 2012-2013 season (Corsi For % 40.3). In 2014 his possession was a little bit better at 46.4% (I’m new to corsi please don’t crucify me if i’m doing this wrong.) The general consensus is that Rinaldo`has gotten worse since his first season except in hits. 229 hits last season, someone said that’s like 2.3 hits every shift or minute i can’t remember but GOT DAMN that’s a lot of hits, which might explain why he’s got bad possession. If you’re hitting that many people that means that they have the puck enough to be hit that many times.
Rinaldo has been told and has told us that he needs to be a better player. And he does, he should have had to become a better player this season before he was given a 2 year contract. I, personally, like watching Rinaldo put players on his ass, but that’s just the basic hockey fan in me. The hardcore Flyers fan in me wants that whole 4th line scrapped for a couple players who can actually play and take some ice time away from the top line. With a 4th line that’s able to give the top lines some relief, we won’t have a team that’s always tired out by the middle of the second period.
Unfortunately It seems like the Flyers organization expects at least the top 2 lines to have super human endurance instead of providing a solid, skilled 4th line. Hextall recently gave us a line in an interview with Tim Panaccio that I swear i’ve heard before “Our team last year? I don’t think was in great shape. I really don’t, for whatever reason. We better be in better shape this year.”
Okay maybe i’m reaching a little with “superhuman endurance”, but the frequency that the 1st line was out on the ice compared to the 4th line (should probably check some Corsi thing here huh?) was pretty obvious. That being said, with linemates like Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill how can you really expect Rinaldo to do anything too decent. Sure he didn’t really provide a lot to the team, but you gotta believe at least a little bit, that with better linemates with actual skill, Rinaldo maybe does better.
The Flyers also announced that they would be hosting the Annual rookie game against the Washington Capitals. This is the first time they’ll host since the 2011 offseason. They released their rookie training camp roster soon after. The Flyers rookies have never lost the rookie game at home(in Voorhees) so we have high hopes for this year.
|No.||14 forwards||Ht.||Wt.||Place of Birth||Birthdate||2013-14 Team||League||GP||G||A||P||PIM|
|64||Alderson, Brandon||6’4″||195||Oakville, Ontario||Jan 22, 92||Phantoms||AHL||71||14||7||21||42|
|73||Aube-Kubel, Nicholas||5’11”||190||Slave Lake, Alberta||May 10, 96||Val-d’Or||QMJHL||65||22||31||53||61|
|52||Cousins, Nick||5’11”||170||Belleville, Ontario||Jul 20, 93||Phantoms||AHL||74||11||18||29||47|
|75||Fazleev, Radel||6’0″||179||Kzan, Russia||Jan 7, 96||Calgary||WHL||38||5||20||25||12|
|77||Fyten, Austin||6’2″||200||Sundre, Alberta||May 3, 91||Oklahoma City||AHL||47||7||13||20||31|
|63||Goumas, Kevin||5’10”||165||Lake Worth, FL||Nov 19, 91||New Hampshire||NCAA||40||19||33||52||42|
|56||Goulbourne, Tyrell||6’0″||184||Edmonton, Alb.||Jan 26, 94||Kelowna||WHL||64||17||20||37||114|
|68||Hatch, Matt||5’11”||185||Massena, NY||May 22, 90||Union||NCAA||42||13||9||22||39|
|80||Jevpalovs, Nikita||6’1″||198||Riga, Latvia||Sep 9, 94||Blainville-Boisbriand||QMJHL||61||28||26||54||32|
|49||Laughton, Scott||6’1″||190||Oakville, Ontario||May 30, 94||Oshawa||OHL||50||40||47||87||72|
|58||Leier, Taylor||5’11”||177||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan||Feb 15, 94||Portland||WHL||62||37||42||79||42|
|79||Marcotte, Louick||6’1″||194||Longueuil, Que.||Jan 7, 94||Val-d’Or||QMJHL||67||42||58||100||47|
|57||Mathers, Derek||6’2″||226||Strathroy, Ont.||Aug 4, 93||Phantoms||AHL||34||2||0||2||105|
|51||Straka, Petr||6’0″||194||Plzen, Czech Republic||Jun 15, 92||Phantoms||AHL||60||9||18||27||22|
|No.||10 defensemen||Ht.||Wt.||Place of Birth||Birthdate||2013-14 Team||League||GP||G||A||P||PIM|
|39||Alt, Mark||6’3″||205||Kansas City, MO||Oct 18, 91||Phantoms||AHL||75||4||22||26||31|
|48||Delisle, Steven||6’6″||209||Levis, Quebec||Jul 30, 90||Phantoms||AHL||50||1||3||4||76|
|82||Flemming, Brett||5’11”||184||Regina, Saskatchewan||Feb 26, 91||Reading||ECHL||52||6||12||18||59|
|53||Gostisbehere, Shayne||5’11”||170||Pembroke Pines, FL||Apr 20, 93||Union||NCAA||42||9||25||34||26|
|54||Hagg, Robert||6’2″||204||Uppsala, Swe||Feb 8, 95||Modo||SHL||50||1||5||6||47|
|60||Lamarche, Maxim||6’3″||218||Laval, Quebec||Jul 11, 92||Elmira||ECHL||50||3||5||8||38|
|50||Morin, Samuel||6’7″||210||Lac-Beauport, Quebec||Jul 12, 95||Rimouski||QMJHL||54||7||24||31||121|
|59||Pettersson, Jesper||5’8″||187||Stockholm, Sweden||Jul 16, 94||Linkoping||SHL||48||0||1||1||30|
|74||Rusk, Beau||6’5″||230||Beaconsfield, Quebec||Apr 19, 96||Rimouski||QMJHL||42||2||8||10||63|
|71||Sanheim, Travis||6’3″||181||Elkhorn, Manitoba||Mar 29, 96||Calgary||WHL||67||5||24||29||14|
|No.||3 goaltenders||Ht.||Wt.||Place of Birth||Birthdate||2013-14 Team||League||GP||W||L||OT||GAA|
|67||Knapp, Connor||6’5″||215||York, NY||May 1, 90||Greenville||ECHL||16||7||7||2||2.32|
|70||Ouellette, Martin||6’2″||190||Saint-Jerome, Quebec||Dec 30, 91||Maine||NCAA||34||15||15||4||2.29|
|65||Stolarz, Anthony||6’6″||210||Edison, NJ||Jan 20, 94||London||OHL||35||25||5||2||2.52|
Then on the 11th they released their training camp roster which you can see best on Broad Street Hockey. The last week of camp(Sept. 23-30) will be at the Skate Zone in Voorhees and will be free to the public like normal. The list makes us believe that some of the younger and usual AHL players may be seriously considered for a roster spot this season, or ya know maybe not. Interesting names include Jason Akeson(He deserves an NHL shot by now right?) and defenseman Oliver Laurdisen who i’ve heard many people call for instead of a number of the current Flyers Dmen.