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02-17-2013, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Tripod View Post
say what you want but this team has:
4 forwards and 2 D-men that were top 10 picks
has another 3 1st rounders and 3 2nd rounders on F and D
Goalies were 1st and 2nd rounders
14 roster spots filled with higher picks. That is more than 2 full lines. This team should be better.
Talk about insightful.

Here's one to think about:

Claude Giroux (24) -> Simon Gagne (26)
Daniel Briere (34) -> Peter Forsberg (33)
Mike Knuble (40) -> Mike Knuble (34)
Sean Couturier (19) -> Jeff Carter (20)
Brayden Schenn (21) -> Mike Richards (21)
Wayne Simmonds (24) -> RJ Umberger (24)
Matt Read (26) -> Geoff Sanderson (34)
Maxime Talbot (28) -> Sami Kapanen (33)
Ruslan Fedotenko (33) -> Petr Nedved (34)
Tye McGinn (22) -> Scottie Upshall (22)
Zac Rinaldo (22) -> Ben Eager (22)
Tom Sestito (24) -> Todd Fedoruk (27)
IR-Scott Hartnell (30) -> Kyle Calder (27) (Hartnell injured is still a better player )

Kimmo Timonen (37) -> Joni Pitkanen (22)
Luke Schenn (22) -> Mike Rathje (32)
Braydon Coburn (27) -> Braydon Coburn (21)
Nicklas Grossmann (28) -> Derian Hatcher (34)
Bruno Gervais (27) -> Randy Jones (25)
Kurtis Foster (30) -> Alexandre Picard (21)
Andreas Lilja (37) -> Alexei Zhitnik (33)
IR-Andrej Meszaros (26) -> xxx
xxx -> Denis Gauthier (29)
xxx -> Freddy Meyer (25)

Ilya Bryzgalov (32) -> Antero Niittymaki (26)
Brian Boucher (35) -> Robert Esche (28)
Michael Leighton (25) -> Michael Leighton (31)

Peter Laviolette -> Ken Hitchcock / John Stevens

We have nearly an identical team to what we had in '07 when the Flyers made history in all the wrong ways. The only real difference is some areas are better (defense and goaltending), some areas are worse (forwards), and the guy behind the bench, which should tell us if we fire the coach there is a very real possibility of getting worse.

And if you honestly think that's a good thing, I'd like to remind everyone that the draft lottery... not a sure thing. The year the Flyers landed JVR was the year the NHL gave us the absolute best statistical chance of winning the first overall. The rules have changed since then. Now, we're going to be competing for the first overall with every other club that misses the playoffs.

If this team's to get better, we need to find another Chris Pronger. We need Giroux to be healthy. We need Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Tye McGinn, Scott Laughton, and Nick Cousins to inject some fresh blood into the finished product which will take time, but it'll happen. They just need the maturity that comes with age.

I think the best thing for this club would be to move Briere/Forsberg and Timonen/Pitkanen to help get some extra assets in order to speed up the process because they're not going to be around too much longer. Send Briere to a club that can use the help int he post-season (St. Louis). Give Kimmo the same option. God knows they'd love the opportunity to chase the Cup one last time. And if it looks like St. Louis might have a hard time working the cap, use an amnesty buy-out to dump Briere's cap-hit.

Last edited by Clown Baby*: 02-17-2013 at 11:32 AM.
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