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07-31-2005, 04:51 PM
Art Vandelay
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Originally Posted by Brad
I don't think the Flyers could really afford an "elite" defenseman. Elite is a relative term, when I say it I mean someone like Niedermayer - it's just not going to happen. He may get the max, maybe not; but you can bet it'll be close.

I've stated it before, the Flyers would be best to attempt to sign a solid defenseman like Rathje. He's not the best defenseman on the market, but he's a solid top 4 guy who would fill out the defense nicely. That would give them Johnsson, Markov, Pitkanen, Rathje, Desjardins and Seidenberg as their starting six, which I think is very strong. They could possibly pick up anothet depth guy too, as a reliable 7th dman.

If they do that, they should still have enough for a solid forward, but not the most expensive guys on the market. Satan is feasable. At this point, I've lost track of what the Flyers payroll situation is.
I meant someone like Ratje, Foote etc. poor use of the word elite by me, changed it.

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