Michael DeNicola



Since Sunday's Overtime loss to the Washington Capitals, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and head coach Peter Laviolette wasted no time making their moves.

The biggest headline is obviously the 3-Year heavy-ended extension star forward Claude Giroux signed yesterday worth $11.25M which begins in the 2011-12 season.

2011-12: $2.75M with a $3.75M cap hit

2012-13: $2.75M with a $3.75M cap hit

2013-14: $5M with a $3.75M cap hit


If you ask me, it's worth every penny.

Claude was drafted by Philadelphia in the first round of the 2006 Draft (22nd Overall) and since playing with the Flyers in the 2007-08 season, he's played 141 games, scored 32 goals, has 56 assists and currently has a +1 rating on the ice.

"We started talking at the start of the season. I had a couple of options to look over, and me and my lawyer talked about it and felt this was the best fit for me. We have a lot of good players on this team and I'm just trying to fit in. Hopefully, we can continue with our success," Giroux told the media.


"I'm just trying to fit in"? Was he serious? OF COURSE he fits in! Did Pamela Anderson fit in with the cast of Baywatch? No question!

But see, this is why I love Giroux so much. He's humble, a team player, and it's blatantly obvious that he's having fun out there. Not to mention he's progressing as a player with every minute he gains on the ice.

So no worries, "Rooo". You fit in like eggs in a bakery.


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If you're a Flyers fan and insist on watching every second of every game then you certainly did not miss Eric Wellwood dressed in Bully Orange.

When Briere was handed his suspension and Andreas Nodl went down with an injury, Laviolette called-up the AHL Adirondack Phantoms forward, Eric Wellwood, to service a spot on the roster.

Since hitting the ice with our Broad Street Faithful, he's recorded an assist, a +1 rating and 2-penalty minutes in three games. But those figures don't speak half of the performance he put out there.

Eric averaged just over thirteen minutes per game on the ice, and in doing that, he showed onlookers that he is nothing short of ready to take on a role on this Flyers team.

There's no question Wellwood was energetic, but hell -- you pump me full of RedBull and throw a pair of skates on me and I'd be energetic on the ice, too. Doesn't mean I'd be good at all.


But Eric seemed to play with a gas tank that could never empty. There wasn't a single shift he took off and I wish I counted how many times he grinded in the offensive zone and/or made turnovers. The kid's a playmaker and a hellraiser, which is why it was so hard for Laviolette to loan him back down to the Phantoms.

You can be rest assured that he will gain more playing time in Adirondack and develop his play even further, and considering he was a 6th round (172nd Overall) draft pick in 2009, he's without a doubt turning out to be a diamond in the rough kind of player. A "sleeper" pick, if I may.

I cannot wait until he gets a permanent spot on this team one day.