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12-10-2013, 06:18 AM
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Psuhockey
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The Flyers have no identity. Their forwards as a group aren't big nor fast or hard working. Their defense are the same way, not big, not mobile, not puck moving. Holmgren, who I think is a decent judge of talent has no idea on how to build a team especially with chemistry.

The flyers need to decide what they want to be. With the talent on the team and in the system, their best bet for success is to build a hard working, strong on the boards, two way group of forwards much like the bruins. They have Couturier, Read, and Downie who already fit that description plus Laughton and Leier who are cut from the same two way mold. If the flyers have two strong two way lines they will be able to hide Giroux and Hartnell, who is untradeable, better with strictly easy matchups and offensive starts. Sadly Giroux is looking more and more like Briere everyday and needs those easy matchups. A top line of Hartnell Gioux and Lecavalier could be effective and hidden.

If the forwards are going to be more of the hardworking two way variety, the defense should be made more mobile and puck moving. With forward assistance in the d-zone, there won't be as much of a need for defensive dmen specialists. The flyers have a nice stable of mobile defensemen prospects in Alt, Hagg, and Gostibehere who can at bare minimum move the puck effectively up to the forwards. Even Morin is mobile and developing his offensive game. The problem is the crap currently on the blueline. This is what needs to be changed immediately.

The flyers need to decide if they want to compete immediately(next year as this year is sunk with the current cap situation) or are willing to wait. If immediate, I would look to Winnipeg, who themselves are stagnating, to make a big trade. They have three nice PMD in Bogosian, Enstrom, and Buff. Trouba should make at least one available. If Winnipeg isn't willing to go big (probably not since most GM's have no balls), I would trade for young NHL or NHL ready defensemen who haven't established themselves yet like Gormley, Beaulieu, Pysk, or Kleftbom. Also a guy like Justin Schultz who is struggling this year in the cluster f that is Edmonton but still has a ton of talent. Trade bait would be the Schenns, Voracek, and or Simmonds.


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