Flyers hit rock bottom with meek loss to Devils; are big moves imminent?

Is this it? Is this what rock bottom for the Philadelphia Flyers looks like?

Is this it? Is this what rock bottom for the Philadelphia Flyers looks like?

It sure felt that way watching the Orange & Black fall meekly by a 3-0 score to the equally win-challenged New Jersey Devils Thursday in Philly. Yeah, the Flyers’ disgraceful game against Washington last week felt right up there at the time, yet that was more about one player’s ill-advised decisions.

But this? This was a total team lack of effort. The Flyers could manage no more than eight shots on net in any period and finished with only 22, gift-wrapping Martin Brodeur’s 122nd career shutout. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros managed to post a minus-three in just 13:10 of ice time, and might be the reason Ed Snider lobbies the NHL to allow him to make a third amnesty buyout for clemency’s sake. Philly has now been outscored 12-2 its past four games. None of their players had more than two shots on net other than Wayne Simmonds (four) and Kimmo Timonen (three).

The agony didn’t end there. The Devils scored right out of the gate when Adam Henrique netted his fifth of the season at 1:57 of the first and that set a terrible tone. Unfortunately, the tone worsened when recent call-up from the AHL Cam Janssen – who had three NHL goals in 312 games before tonight – made it 2-0 early in the third; and when former Flyer Jaromir Jagr ended the scoring with an empty-netter with two seconds remaining, it was the final knee to the nards of this flailing franchise and only the Devils’ fourth win of the season.

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After the game, Flyers captain Claude Giroux bolted without speaking with the media. A cynic might suggest he was off to talk to real estate agents, but he’s not going anywhere in a trade. That said, just about everyone else on the roster would be best advised to pack a little heavier on the team’s upcoming three game road trip, because they might never be coming back to Philly in a Flyers uniform.

It feels like it’s time for a significant move far too often in Philadelphia, but it feels like it again now. This team needs a bigger-shakeup than just Steve-Downie-for-Max Talbot. It’s not about the coach, it’s not about fighting and it’s not about minor transactions. The Flyers need a serious shake-by-the-shoulders – and some well-intentioned slaps to the face – to bring those who survive the moves back to their senses.