Rinaldo and the Flyers training camp rosters

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
Idaho ECHL 15 9 6 15 37
63 Goumas, Kevin 5’10” 165 Lake Worth, FL Nov 19, 91 New Hampshire NCAA 40 19 33 52 42
Phantoms AHL 11 1 3 4 8
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
Hershey AHL 4 0 1 1 2
53 Gostisbehere, Shayne 5’11” 170 Pembroke Pines, FL Apr 20, 93 Union NCAA 42 9 25 34 26
Phantoms AHL 2 0 0 0 0
54 Hagg, Robert 6’2″ 204 Uppsala, Swe Feb 8, 95 Modo SHL 50 1 5 6 47
Phantoms AHL 10 1 3 4 10
60 Lamarche, Maxim 6’3″ 218 Laval, Quebec Jul 11, 92 Elmira ECHL 50 3 5 8 38
Phantoms AHL 12 0 1 1 7
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
Florida ECHL 11 2 5 3 3.09
Alaska ECHL 2 2 0 0 1.5
Rochester AHL 3 0 3 0 4.04
Buffalo NHL 2 0 0 1 3.12
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.

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