Well over the last few weeks there has been an interesting development in the Flyer's lineup. Billy Guerin, former Pittsburgh Penguin and player whose name I have cursed frequently, has been hanging around the Flyer's Skate Zone in Voorhees for the last few weeks. Pittsburgh decided not to resign him towards the end of August. He was visiting his father-in-law in Medford and his agent called the Flyers to ask if he could use SkateZone to get some ice time. Next thing I know Twitter is ablaze with the news that Billy Guerin is skating with some of the Flyers and there are pictures of him in the Orange and the Black. A couple days turns into a couple weeks. Guerin seems to really like it here and it appears that many of the vetern players think there is a place for him on the team. So the Flyer's decided to give him a chance to make the team in training camp with a tryout contract. He is quoted at CSNPhilly.com saying:
I really thought this would be a good fit for me,” Guerin told CSNPhilly.com. “Besides the logistics for my family and personal things, this is a good fit for me hockey-wise and probably the best out there with a chance to win. I’m in the twilight of my career and I want to win.”
I personally see this as a win-win for the Flyers. First based on what I have read, there is a very good chance that come October 7, 2010 when the Flyer's play the Pen's, Guerin could be on the ice. And you have to appreciate the irony that his first game as a Flyer would be against his former team. Second he would give us some added depth at right wing. And it makes camp more interesting. Some players are going to be challenged to keep their place on the team. I never see added competition as a bad thing.
Tonight I was watching Daily New Live on Comcast Sportsnet and they were talking to newly signed vetern defenseman Sean O'Donnell. I wasn't paying much attention at first and did a double take because I thought they were interviewing Johnny LeClair, the similarity is eerie. Anyway, he had great things to say about the team and why he decided to sign in Philly, the team's committment to winning and the chance they had last season. And he doesn't see why the Flyer's can't do even better this season. Gotta love that type of confidence.
The rookies reported on Sunday so they already started their camp. And everyone is hoping to be JVR and make the team out of camp. So that should be interesting to follow. Speaking of JVR, he has been training all summer and has put on some weight and muscle. He wants to be quicker and stronger this season so he can hold onto the puck better.
Tomorrow camp officially opens. And even though June was only three months ago, it seems like it's been a really long time since we've seen some hockey. And I really can't wait!