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10-10-2011, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris Shafer View Post
This all comes down to a simple thing...

Would you, right now and five years into the future, rather be in the position of the Flyers or the position of Insert Any NHL Team?

There are very few if any teams I pick over the Flyers, and should those teams exist they're teams like Edmonton, teams built on the backs of sucking for so long. LA, though partially built on sucking, puts up a good argument though, and guess what; they're built on the same Flyers that you're discussing.

Pittsburgh Penguins? No.
New York Rangers? No.
New York Islanders? No.
New Jersey Devils? Maybe...

Buffalo Sabres? Possible but doubtful.
Boston Bruins? Maybe...
Toronto Maple Leafs? No.
Montreal Canadiens? No.
Ottawa Senators? No.

Washington Capitals? Maybe...
Tampa Bay Lightning? Maybe...
Carolina Hurricanes? No.
Florida Panthers? No.
Winnipeg Jets? No.

Columbus Blue Jackets? No.
Chicago Blackhawks? No.
Detroit Red Wings? No.
St. Louis Blues? No.
Nashville Predators? No.

Vancouver Canucks? Possible but doubtful.
Calgary Flames? No.
Edmonton Oilers? Probably...
Colorado Avalanche? No.
Minnesota Wild? No.

San Jose Sharks? Maybe...
Los Angeles Kings? Maybe...
Anaheim Ducks? No.
Phoenix Coytoes? No.
Dallas Stars? No.

The truth is that our defense is one future top pairing guy away from being solid long-term, and we're going into a really defense-heavy first round draft next year with a pick that Holmgren has yet to trade away. Our offense is ridiculously young and ridiculously talented. It's almost not fair that we have vanRiemsdyk, Giroux, Couturier, Schenn, Simmonds, Voracek, and possibly Read, Akeson, and Ranford among others making a future all under the age of 25, most under the age of 23. We have a stud goalie now, and a potential starting goalie for the next decade in Bob.

We are pretty much set perfectly.
Pronger is closing in on 40 and Kimmo is in his second last year on this contract. Who among Carle, Mez and Coburn is going to anchor one pair if we're only one other top guy away? Chances are, one of Coburn and Carle are going to be gone at season's end. Also remember that he traded 2 players away who took cap friendly hits before their NMCs came into effect, so players who may have thought this was a class organization are going to have second thoughts. Players and agents are going to remember what happened for a long time so taking a bit less money to come here is likely not going to happen.

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