2013-14 Flyers Overhaul
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04-21-2013, 11:43 AM
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Chicago, IL
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Well, seeing as to how Holmgren likes to blow things up every off season, I hope he blows it up this off season. The only untouchables should be Giroux, Voracek, Simmonds, B. Schenn, Couturier, Laughton, Timonen, L.Schenn, Grossmann and Gustafsson. That's 10 good pieces to build around. I hope he lets Gagne and Fedotenko walk, buys out Briere and Bryzgalov, and ships Coburn out.
With regards to Gagne and Fedotenko, letting them walk frees up $5.25 million in cap space and opens up spots in the lineup full time for Akeson and McGinn.
As for Briere and Bryzgalov, they've sealed their respective fates. Briere's refusal to waive his NMC for the good of the team sealed his fate. As for Bryzgalov, I'm a fan, but he really lost me after the Winnipeg game in which he didn't support Mason replacing him and then his comments about how he doesn't care if he gets released. You never want to see that from a teammate and it's clear that Bryz only cares about Bryz. Free up that $12.17 million from the cap and get rid of the two.
As for Coburn, I have no problems getting rid of Coburn. 8 years in the league and he can't put together one good full season. I get it that he's got a real decent cap hit and when he's on, he's a solid top four guy. With that being said, you never know from game in and game out what Coburn you're going to get. Let someone else give up a top prospect and draft pick for him.
There's only one other move I'd consider if I were Holmgren and that would be seriously shopping Hartnell to see what his value is. I know some will hate the thought of this (and I'm sure Chris Shafer will be seething over the consideration of moving Coburn), but at this point, they need to consider all avenues at retooling the club.
I agree with you on everything except I would prefer to keep Gagne, and I wouldn't buy out Bryz unless there's a move in place to get someone like Bernier. Last time I read they wanted a top 6 winger for him, so I would definitely consider moving Hartnell there. Laughton I'd also consider moving at the draft, but only if we've already made our pick and someone like Zadorov or Ristolainen is still on the board. But I'm hoping the flyers will just take Zadorov with their pick so that won't be an issue. I'd still move him for Risto though, even if we've already taken a dman with our pick.
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