The thing that is probably being overlooked is the potential for Hutchins to be the coach next season so we could go in a totally different direction altogether.
Owen won't be back unfortunately, we have already been asked about his availability from a team in this league let alone any other league.
I would definitely want back Moyer, Paquet, Dingle, Fox, Schaber and Brooks if he wants to but suspect he won't and I would give Stockton another season with the hope that his bad luck with injuries has run out. I wouldn't mind seeing a full season of Cameron, although it doesn't look like he has done much he has 7 points in 8 games. Haven't seen any of the alleged toughness but that is probably down to Dutiaume. If Hutchins is coach we might see a different player
As for Brits. I agree with most of what has already been said but I will throw another name in. With the confirmation of the demise of Manchester Pheonix there is Craig Thurston and I think we should look at him to train with us now and give him a few games to see what he is like at this level.
I personally think that Neilson has got off very light with just a 3 game ban, should have been double figures for me. The restrictions placed on us with extra security and plexi to be installed are spot on.
Think they have given this because of the provocation from the fan
Fine fix plexi, then give that section for away fans. They want it give it to them with the restricted view that it will have and sell only tickets for that section nowhere else and once it has sold out it has sold out The barn will still have it's intimidating presence from the other sections and putting away fans back there will increase the atmosphere
Maybe it's a trial thing for them to see which turns out to be financially better for them for next season If you have ever been to a Dundee v Clan game, they don't take that many to Dundee. It's a two hour journey each way for them so a web cast may actually bring in more for Dundee against what is spent in the rink by them With us I think that is purely financial to get more Flyers fans through the door and spending more in the rink and seems like a better decision for them
Yes Owen is getting the plaudits but for me he was just being Shane Owen, we have seen him do this all season and it is no surprise for us now but for fans that don't see him a lot they would say he was excellent and obviously have. He didn't particularly have to be outstanding he just did what he does, there was an excellent glove save in the first period but again we have seen stuff like that before and he keeps us in games and gives a chance to win them, isn't that what a netminder is supposed to do?
Overall this was a typical Flyers road game. Sit back first period see what the opposition has to offer, try and come out of it level or not too far behind so that we have to chase the game and then play a bit more in the second and third and try and steal something.
In truth Flyers probably should have won it in regulation, there were opportunities for that but equally Panthers could say the same, but we definitely should have won in OT with the amount of chances we had as we totally dominated that aspect of the game with great puck possession.
Surprised somewhat at our penalty takers Fox yes but Thinel and especially Sisca, he looks to have no confidence whatsoever and was totally at fault for Panthers first goal.
Also have to give credit to Dutiaume for changing things when he saw that our third line was out of it's depth against Nikiforuk, Carter and Brown.
Apart from Owen their were great performances from Brooks who I thought was outstanding and caused Panthers problems all night, Moyer, Schaber and Wands.
As we are the first team to beat them on their ice after their European success does that mean we automatically become new European Champions :-)