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11-15-2013, 03:53 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Hartnell (6 years) - Giroux (9 years) - Voracek (3 years)
Simmonds (6 years) - Lecavalier (5 years) - Schenn (1 year + RFA)
) - Couturier (3 years + RFA) - Read (5 years)
Next year, Downie is the only person in the top 9 that MIGHT not be here. Despite our early season struggles, our goaltending and defense have been holding up rather well. It was our offense, something we knew would come around eventually based on plenty of historical precedence, that was the problem.
That said, I could see the Flyers seeing Downie as a long-term kind of player to fit into the top 9.
If that's the case, I don't see room for Raffl. We have 9 potential 20 goal-scorers in the lineup should Couturier break out offensively soon. Raffl doesn't fit in this equation, and the fourth line is not where he belongs long-term.
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