Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Martin Biron Jersey Card

This is a Philadelphia Flyers uniform I was never on board with, the alternate from the 2002-07 years, as seen on card #DDJ-BI from Upper Deck's 2007-08 Black Diamond set (and Black Diamond Jersey sub-set):
It features Martin Biron, one of about two dozen goalies who were not given a very long chance at being the team's #1 goalie in the past three decades, and a reddish game-worn jersey swatch.

The thing with the Flyers is they are pretty good at reaching the Conference Finals or even the Stanley Cup Final at least once per decade, but they are also prone to awful seasons where they finish near the bottom of the league standings; when it's the latter, they usually completely overhaul the goalie position, focusing the blame on poor goaltending, but they rarely view the puck stoppers are a reason for their success.

They are pretty much a goaltender cemetery. This year should be no exception, as blame for the team's failures will likely fall on Steve Mason's shoulders despite the offense and coaching being, in my opinion, the main culprits of their fall, centered around a pretty bad losing streak around the All-Star Game.

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