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08-08-2012, 02:35 PM
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Nah..this D (HiJLcoward) is gr8! Meltzer is being a "chicken little"

Quite simply, Meszaros was an underrated key to the way the Flyers were more or less able to withstand the loss of Chris Pronger after Nov. 19. The Flyers spread playing time among their defensemen more evenly than most NHL teams. The majority of NHL teams had three or four defensemen who averaged over 20 minutes of ice time per game last season.

The Flyers had five (Carle 23:01, Pronger 22:28, Coburn 22:02, Timonen 21:14, Meszaros 20:39). Despite not playing on the power play, Nicklas Grossmann averaged over 18:40 of ice time per game after his arrival from Dallas.

Now that Carle has departed via free agency and the Flyers have lost Meszaros to a torn achilles tendon for anywhere from about half to virtually the entire of the 2012-13 regular season, the Flyers have a major problem on their hands. They have lost 63 points off their blueline and two minutes eating defensemen.

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