If the Olympics have taught us anything, it’s that glory can evaporate in minutes, even seconds. For the Philadelphia Flyers, they haven’t even reached the starting line yet and the news is awful. Well, relatively awful.
Defenseman Andrej Meszaros may not play in 2012-13 due to an Achilles tendon tear that required surgery. At the least, he’ll miss most of the campaign. With Chris Pronger an uncertainty due to concussion symptoms, Matt Carle back in Tampa with the Lightning and Shea Weber still a member of the Nashville Predators, the Flyers’ blueline looks perilously thin. All due respect to new additions Bruno Gervais and Luke Schenn, of course.
I suppose the cup half full view approach could be the thought that without Carle signing elsewhere, Mesz popping his Achilles and Pronger's freak accident, the young homegrown D-men would probabaly never have gotten a decent sniff at a top six spot... even with Luke Schenn brought in and Grossmann signed there is still an opening for the kids to get a fair shot... And (God forbid) injuries and giving Kimmo more rest can only add to that.
The Flyers have Rearguard Farmhands in the System almost always have used them as depth and trading assets... the Flyers SOP has been to pluck talented and seasoned D-men from other Organizations while using their own in a pinch and as depth.
Gus, MAB and to a much lesser extent Manning got their feet in the door last season but, unless here were a trade, with Mesz healthy and certainly Weber signed and Luke Grossmann and Gervais added what place would they have to develop and play this season? Also there is Kessel and other young D-men chomping at the bit with little space to cram into in the near future.
Assuming Pronger is out of the picture and Homer cannot strike a deal for that cherished next true Number One... Can Mesz's injury and Carle's departure be a blessing in disguise?... I will not and in there Nashville's matching of Weber's contract in that because in no way can that be considered a blessing of any sort. <sigh>
Until we draft and develop (or trade) our next four first round picks we can't really know about that. Jury's still out on that.
Originally Posted by tuckrr
We can certainly make those picks worth it..
But it still hurts bad. Weber for 4 late 1sts is unbe****inlievable value
Rhetorical questions... What are the odds that any of the four (probably) low first round selections will net anything near to a player destined to be among the top two or three in their position in the NHL? What are the odds that they will net a Number One, or even a top two Defenseman on the team? What are the odds they would add a player that could direct the path of a team. What are the odds of them bringing a player who could take over for Kimmo when he moves on? Even with the very decent to superior record the Flyers staff has had over the recent past in picking gems in the late first round, how many besides Giroux are SuperStar caliber? How many people would trade a 25% chance of a decent NHL player for a proven sure shot/established top of his position NHL player... assuming one of the four would be a gem?
IMO an established player trumps four shots at selection a gem prospect any day of the week... and to do so without losing a roster player thus giving you complete control of moving or no moving a player(s) to fit him is a dream come true... The chances of the Flyers obtaining a franchise player in the prime of his career -- as opposed to one like Pronger who was in the twilight of his career -- is miniscule at best... Homer gave his best shot, and but for the willingness of Nashville's owners to risk committing suicide with the financial structure of the contract and the financial stability of their Organization, Homer would have pulled it off <double sigh>