Picture the life of a minor league hockey player. Earning a salary that is 10% of the average NHL paycheck, these players suffer through drab motels, poor transportation, and public obscurity. More importantly, a roller-coaster of NHL hopes runs daily, as teams call up and send down players instantaneously. The most painful part being that these fringe players come so close, so tantalizingly close…
…and crash back down to the floor of minor-league nobodies.
For Flyers(subject to change) forward Tye McGinn, this is a life not worth living a second time. McGinn has made the most of his brief stay in Philly, notching three goals in five games. At this pace, McGinn will amount a blistering 44 goals in 74 games played. While it is unreasonable to expect such a consistent output, any semblance of these projections would provide a huge boost to the offense.
In truth, a line with Giroux, McGinn, and Voracek would revive the offense, although not from the assumed source. Claude Giroux would simply serve as a distributor to the two wingers. So far this year, Giroux has racked up assists in pedestrian fashion; however, with a more defined role as the “quarterback” of the offense, the captain will surely produce. Giroux would set up the team’s 2013 leading goal-scorer and this years’ leading goal-scorer. This move would reunite second-line mates Wayne Simmonds and Vincent Lecavalier, a pair that played well cohesively in the preseason.
Keeping McGinn in the City of Brotherly Love will undoubtedly benefit the Flyers. With his job security teetering on a cliff, General Manager Paul Holmgren must put his chips in McGinn’s helmet. The current state of the team reads but one thing: do or die.