32 Teams In 32 Days: Philadelphia Flyers
Some teams are bad on purpose as part of a rebuild. Other teams are bad because they do not know what they are doing.
In today’s 32 Team outlook we examine the Philadelphia Flyers, and how sometimes teams are bad just because they have no idea what they are doing.
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There are three types of bad teams in the NHL.
Some teams are bad on purpose.
It is a strategic decision to rebuild (or tank) by stripping their team down to the foundation, trying to secure some high draft picks to land a franchise player or two, and eventually turn themselves into a winner in the future. You know what you are getting into with a team like this and have adjusted your short-term expectations accordingly. This the current direction the Chicago Blackhawks are taking.
Other teams are randomly bad because of some bad luck, usually relating to injuries.
You lose a couple of key players for an extended period of time, or your goalie gets injured and lost for the season with no viable backup option, and you have trouble overcoming it. This is typically a short-term hiccup that gets overcome the next season. Think about the 2021-22 Vegas Golden Knights if you want to be optimistic about them this season.
Then there is the third type of bad team.
The team that is not purposely tanking or rebuilding, and the team that is not really dealing with any out of the ordinary bad luck. They are just bad for the good old fashioned reason of they have absolutely no idea what the hell they are doing.
Say hello to the current Philadelphia Flyers.
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