The Flyers wrapped up their final media interviews with the players on Sunday afternoon at the Skate Zone. As one would imagine, the common theme to today was disappointment and the feeling of a lost opportunity given the talent that the team has on paper.
All of the players reflected on a number of different topics, including their outlook for the 2019-20 Flyers season. Below are the best and most notable quotes to come out of the day:
"For our team to be successful, through 65-70 games, you need to have 17-18 players out of 20 to be above average and you have a good chance to win. Too many times this year we had three guys going, three guys not. With so many slow starts in the past, and we started slow again this year, I think we got into our heads a little too much instead of just go out there and play."
... and also with that, what you get from Jake is pure honesty:
In the spirit of keeping things plain and simple, Gostisbehere commented on his season and what he can take out of it.
"I'm not an excuse guy. I mean I didn't have the best season obviously, I felt I could've helped my teammates a lot more and it's a grind, it was a mental grind this year. I think A lot of us grew not only on the ice but mentally as well."
Carter Hart identified what it was like to turn pro, start at the AHL level and come into a tough situation in December, but what really stood out was the realization of what missing the goal feels like and how to eventually get there:
"All those experiences that I've gone through will just help me going forward next year, and I'll use them going into next season so I'll be better prepared and ready to go for next season. It hurts we're not playing right now. Everyone wants to keep playing into June, and we're not going to stop until we get that accomplished."
Even more from Hart:
The captain dealt with the issue of what has plagued the team all season long, putting the onus directly on himself and themselves.
"No, I think it's on the players. Just knowing to be prepared when the puck drops. When we're in the game and we play I feel like we're a pretty intense group and that's when we play our best, but we need to find a way to do it earlier."Video: Hear from Giroux, Couturier, Voracek & JVR
JAMES van RIEMSDYK
One of the topics coming into the season was the return of van Riemsdyk for his second tour of duty with the Flyers. With that comes experience, and after going through a full year, remarked on being a looked upon veteran on and off the ice.
"When you come into a new team, ultimately you want to be a genuine person. It's not about coming in and beating your chest and doing that way. For me, I think I have always been a guy trying to do things the right way every single day and have that consistency in your approach. I know it's important when you have younger guys around going through their first few seasons in the league."
Provorov led the team in ice time... and even averaged five more minutes of TOI than the next defensemen... but the question remained if his slow start to the year was due to injury:
"There was nothing. I was 100% healthy in June, July. I was working out 10 hours a day, lifting weights and everything, shooting pucks. There wasn't anything that was bothering me... Personally, I'm going to continue to get better and work hard. Learn from this year, stuff that I need to learn from."
And then, there's the question of his contract since his entry-level deal will expire on June 30 and become an RFA:
Named the most improved Flyer by his teammates, the question came to Travis Sanheim on what the blueline might look like with the possibility of Phil Myers, Sam Morin, who jumped into the lineup at the end of the year, into a full time role.
"Bigger bodies if used properly can intimidate other players and use that to your strength. It's up to us how we play and being more aggressive and assertive and physical. For me it's the work I put in this summer, adding strength this summer." Video: Hear from Sanheim, Provorov & Patrick