"I think we lost our team identity this year. We weren't as tough a team to play against as we'd like to be, and as we were in year's past.”
Well, if Neely was looking to get back to the Big Bad Bruins days, acquiring Zac Rinaldo will help you get there.
Here’s what the Bruins will get in Rinaldo, from Travis Hughes of Broadstreet Hockey, a Flyers blog:
Rinaldo was a fan favorite in Philly for a lot of reasons, but the reality is that he's a below-replacement level player who has done nothing to prove that he deserves a regular job with an NHL team. He brings fire and energy and physicality to a game, but he takes too many penalties and suspensions to effectively help his team on a consistent basis. He was a major reason why the Flyers were destined to have an ineffective fourth-line the last few years, in all honesty.
Boy, what do you think Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara are thinking after the last several days?
On the other side of the deal, it’s been quite an impressive few days for Flyers GM Ron Hextall. After having a good draft that featured taking defenseman Ivan Provorov at No. 7 and clearing out the Chris Pronger contract and Nicklas Grossman and the $3 million owed to him this coming season, he picks up a third rounder for a guy who averaged 8:55 of ice this past season and is a suspension risk every time he’s out there.
That’s a successful way to start your off-season.
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