STG: Post-Trade Deadline Special with HOFer Bob Clarke

Flyers writers Anthony SanFilippo and Russ Joy analyze the Flyers’ recent play and postseason chances with 19 games remaining, assess the young players, and look at the future of the Metropolitan division. They then react to the Flyers’ trade deadline move sending Wayne Simmonds to Nashville, evaluate the compensation, and discuss other players who came up in trade discussions.

The guys are then joined by NHL Hall of Famer Bob Clarke. Clarke gives his assessment of Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher, differences between Fletcher and former GM Ron Hextall, reveals what the days leading up to Trade Deadline day look like from inside the war room, scouting in the modern game, the role of analytics in hockey, working with Fletcher in Florida, how to approach free agency, his thoughts on negotiating with Restricted Free Agents, how often a player’s trade value changes on deadline day, the Flyers softball team, how the off-ice player commitments have changed, knowing when it’s time to transition to a new role, and his thoughts on craft beer.

Anthony and Russ then touch on a few of Clarke’s comments, and read fan letters and iTunes reviews.

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3 Responses

  1. My Two Takeaways

    1. Ron Hextall was fired because he didn’t keep Clarke in the loop. (Clarke’s comments about missing sitting in the room and talking hockey and drinking beer is the flashing light right there).

    2. Flyers are going to sign some RFA to a offer sheet this summer. This supposedly burned Homer with the other GMs when he did it, and it impacted the rest of his time as GM, but, hey, it is Fletcher who gets to deal with that fallout. But as long as Clarke is in the room and drinking beer, all is well!

    (I was born after the Flyers won their last Cup. I don’t think I will see the Flyers win the next one until Clarke and others from the Broad Street Bully generation are fully gone from the hockey scene.)

  2. Bang on…. need to look at the Leafs . First thing Leiwiki did was give the old timers broad of director s a nice package and season tickets and brought in the right people to make decisions.

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