Well not the news that I thought I’d see after getting back from the gym this morning….
According to NBC Sports Jordan Hall it seems like Travis Konecny will be benched for tonight’s game versus the New York Islanders.
Now a lot of you are probably shaking your head and saying “What the fuck are you doing AV?!?!” I get that because TK is one of my favorite players and is one of the top players on our team when he is on his game. That being said though, I don’t hate the move.
Historically with this Flyers core there has been too many times when our top guys don’t show up in big games/moments. Travis Konecny has not been playing his best hockey of late and he really struggled in the series against the Islanders in the playoffs. Obviously you would prefer one of your top guys to be in the lineup against a good Islanders team but if the rumors that Sam Morin will be in the lineup in his spot are true I’m even more okay with that.
Look, the Flyers were absolutely BULLIED in the playoffs against the Islanders and we don’t have many guys that are big and physical to compete with them on that level. Now you toss a guy like Morin in on the forecheck and he can wear down the Islanders defense. Not saying that TK couldn’t but I’m all for him taking the night off and seeing the game from a different perspective and bouncing back tomorrow night.
On another note I love the message that AV is sending because it shouldn’t matter if your a top line guy or a 4th line guy you have to earn your minutes. The Flyers are currently sitting in third place in the East division at 5-2-1 with 11 points. Thats not bad, but can anyone actually sit here and tell me you have been happy with their performance night in and night out? I know as someone that has watched every game can say absolutely not. The team hasn’t looked great and honestly they are Lucky to be in the spot they are in. AV is trying to give these guys a kick in the ass that is much needed especially in this shortened season.
Again nothing is confirmed yet and we will find out more once AV address the media around 4pm.