Despite the fact that the Flyers are currently the top team in the Eastern conference, they'll be sending only one guy to Raleigh later this month as part of the NHL's All Star game. Claude Giroux was announced today as the Flyers lone representative for the game, although the orange and black will also be represented by Peter Laviolette behind the bench.
Certainly the injury to Chris Pronger robbed the team of a sure fire all star, but it's still curious that a team this good seems to lack real stars. Defenseman Braydon Coburn seemed at a bit of a loss when asked who he thought should have been headed to the all star game.
"I don't know. You know what, I just don't know. Obviously, I think we have a lot of great players that are all-star calibre with Chris [ Pronger] and Kimmo [ Timonen], Richie and Carts. Ville [ Leino] has been playing really well and Danny Briere is playing great. Those are just a few guys that are big name guys for us right now. I really don't know."
It does speak to the Flyers depth that people have so much trouble pointing to the one or two guys that are responsible for the team being as good as it is. They've got four players with better than 30 points and seven guys with double digit goals. Let's also not ignore their ridiculous blue line depth. The team has allowed the 4th fewest goals in the conference.
Broad Street Hockey argued that the biggest snub for the Flyers this season was Danny Briere.