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01-23-2013, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Rob Paxon View Post
Couldn't happen at a worse time for a team that's really struggling, but it wouldn't surprise me if they stick one of their many forwards there and find a strong new line to go forward with, then put Hartnell with Briere when they're back.
What "many" forwards? As my Flyer-fan coworkers predicted before the season, the Flyers are a startling parallel to the Philadelphia Phillies: a former offensive juggernaut about to become league-average offensively, or worse. They've bled so much talent over the last couple years. Carter. Richards. Jagr. Leino who, say what you want, did work in that organization. Even JVR. And now with Briere out, and Schenn/Couturier not quite ready for prime time offensively, they're forced to hope guys like Read and Simmonds can replicate career seasons in order to find some offense after Giroux/Hartnell--the latter also coming off a career season. Gone are the days when that team could roll three fearsome lines at you.

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