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Originally Posted by flyershockey View Post
They run the possibility of only having four NHL caliber defensemen on the roster next year unless something is done. Getting a top pairing guy may not be their only need, but it's certainly the most glaring. It's going to look even worse once Kimmo's gone.

You're looking at a lottery team next year if they stand pat and go into the season with:

Coburn-Streit
Grossmann-Schenn
Gus (maybe)-XXX
I don't think it's all doom and gloom that it's being made out to be. Right now, the Flyers have three "stay at home" defenders, one offensive defenseman and one burgeoning two way guy. If they can add a guy like Nikitin from Columbus and then promote Mark Alt, that leaves a defense of:
Coburn
Streit
Grossmann
Schenn
Gustafsson
Nikitin
Alt

It's pretty much a lock that Coburn is going to get top pairing time. So, put him with a good offensive guy like Nikitin and allow Coburn to do the heavy lifting defensively. Second pairing, keep Grossmann and Streit together. Third pairing gets a little interesting. If Schenn has a bounce back year (and with the way his career has gone, next year should be a bounce back year), you could have Schenn and alternate Gus and Alt in that spot.

So:

Coburn - Nikitin
Grossmann - Streit
Schenn - Alt/Gustafsson
Gustafsson/Alt

It might not be a world beater, but there are a lot worse out there. In all seriousness, to land that elusive top pairing guy, the Flyers are going to need to pay out the teeth for it. They simply don't have the assets to make that kind of move. That's my thing. The Pronger trade set this franchise back quite a bit.

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