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06-19-2013, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by CharlieGirl View Post
At this point, I'd be happy if Streit were making $5 million + anywhere but Philadelphia, but that's beside the point. What if Holmgren had drafted a defenseman over Laughton? What if Holmgren had held onto Luca Sbisa, or got Slava Voynov or one of LA's other young defenseman in the Richards deal?

Holmgren has made a hell of a mess of this team (with Mr. Snider's help, I'm sure). One deal or one player drafted over another is merely a small component of the whole picture. There are too many "what if's" over the last four or five years.

Taking forwards over defense makes some sense. Continually selecting forwards over defensemen results in a high priced defense that will take a great deal of effort to fix in the coming years. In a salary cap world, successful teams have a combination of young players on entry level deals and higher priced veterans. Can we say that about the Flyers' defense? Is there any chance we'll be able to say that about the Flyers' defense in the next two years?
I agree that more needs to be done at the draft to fix this defense.
As I see it the problem with buying your defense instead of developing it,
is that you can only get the players that other teams feel are spare parts.
They will keep their best defensemen, what we get is the leftovers in most cases.
Not a means to a sound defense only to an overpaid and average defense.

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