Ep.408: The Big Guy

Charlie O’Connor joins the show to discuss Philadelphia’s busy offseason, their pursuit of improving defensively, and the seemingly polar opposite evaluations they’ve made in acquiring Ryan Ellis and Rasmus Ristolainen. Topics include:

  • The Flyers goal suppression issues last year
  • How much of that was on defense vs. goaltending
  • The relatively small acquisition cost for Ryan Ellis
  • The stunning price they paid for Rasmus Ristolainen
  • What they saw in him, and what they can get out of him
  • The way the league views and values Ristolainen
  • The horrible underlying numbers throughout his career
  • Why the eye test shouldn’t inspire any confidence
  • Having tools vs. being able to use them effectively
  • Environment, role, and results

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