Philadelphia Flyers: Oh My Goodness, What a Year!

July 16th, 2010 by lyndon juden-kelly Leave a reply »
The year, in my eyes, did not start on Friday, Oct. 2 in that magical 2009-10 Stanley cup runner-up season.

In fact, the Flyers year kicked off on my birthday; it was as if Paul Holmgren rewarded my 12 years of loyal service to the team that is the Philadelphia Flyers by finally signing "that guy."

The guy who was finally supposed to lead Philly to the promised land. The day was June 10, and "that guy" was Ray Emery.

Some fans will laugh at such a statement but as Paul Holmgren knew; this guy had already proven himself to be a legitimate No. 1, already equipped with Stanley Cup experience with an 06/07 Ottawa Senators team that looked unstoppable, that is, until they met Chris Pronger's Ducks (or Neidermeyer's ducks for all you graybeard fans out there).

Catch 101 however, was a series of antics and a rather flamboyant lifestyle which included tattoos, gambling, cockroaches, and late-for-practice excuses.

However, all of this seemed to be cured with Emery's short time in Siberia (despite a friendly feud with a team trainer).

At Emery's official press conference which ...

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