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Everyone under the sun knows that the Flyers have been one giant "swing and a miss" so far this offseason. We let Jagr go (I don't think he is worth the money he is making in Dallas, so good riddance) We let Carle walk to a big signing in Tampa Bay (I know most Flyer fans really hated Carle, but there would be a lot less fans worrying right now if he was in the orange and black) We traded JVR for L. Schenn (fantastic trade in my opinion. Straight up hockey trade addressing weaknesses on both teams) We took HUGE shots at Parise & Suter who went with Minnesota. (C'mon, did you really think they would ink with the Flyers?) Last but not least, the astounding offer sheet to Preds D-man Shea Weber for 14 years, $110 mil. Now that he is a Predator for life... What is Philadelphia's next move?
The New York Rangers made the next big splash acquiring Rick Nash from Columbus for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon, and a 1st in 2013. Pretty solid trade from my standpoint, but boy did it widen my eyes as a Flyer Fan. Lets look at the Atlantic with worthy established forwards shall we?
Penguins- Crosby, Malkin, Neal
Rangers- Nash, Gaborik, B. Richards
Devils- Kovalchuk, Elias, Henrique (pretty much)
Islanders- Tavares, Moulson
Flyers- Giroux, Danny B, Hartnell
While I think the Flyers are much better off right now than the Islanders and Devils, the Penguins and Rangers are looking pretty scary. Crosby will be back full time, as long as he can stay healthy. They are apparently top 3 in the Doan runnings if he doesn't sign with PHX (NYR & PHI are the others) but I see Pitt throwing more cash which would mean a scary addition if Doan inks. CAROLINA signed Semin (1 year, $7 mil) today which sounds pretty frightening when you think of the Staal brothers, Semin, and Skinner. Where would the Flyers end up if the season started tomorrow? Not hoisting the cup buy the end of it, thats for sure.
So what do we do? Where does Homer stake his next knife?
BobbyRyan/ ]Anaheim Ducks- The talks about Bobby Ryan becoming a Flyer has been happening for years. They have never been so heated before like they were right before the 2012 draft. Rumors got out that Ryan was being shopped, of course Philly was all over the headlines and a destination, but this time... Ryan went out and made it known that he is sick of being in rumors and that he wants out, Philly being a destination of choice. The addition of Bobby Ryan would be great for the FlyGuys. Claude Giroux and Bobby Ryan... do I need to say more? This would not only fill a hole left from JVR (yes haters, he still had a good role when healthy) it would take the team as a whole to a new level. With his comments lowering his value (good for us) I would offer Coburn, Bourdon, and a 1st. Maybe even another pick to tickle the tip. What do you think? Who would you give?
Keith Yandle/Phoenix Coyotes- There were some talks earlier in the offseason that Yandle was being shopped. He would be a great fit in the orange and black on the blue line. He is a decent shut down defenseman who is VERY good at moving the puck. Carle was good, but not Yandle good. I would love to see Yandle become a Flyer and he would definitely be a solid player to make up for the disaster of the Shea Weber offer sheet. What would you give to acquire Yandle?
Shane Doan/Phoenix Coyotes- The last big name left on the RFA list, Shane Doan. He's meant to be a Flyer, he just doesn't know it yet. With a phone conference set for tomorrow (Friday) he will find out if he starts seriously shopping teams. He visited with NYR and then visited us in Philly the next day. Said to be the top 3 are NYR, PHI, PITT (aside from the true #1 of Phoenix) Now that they have the $7.8 mil cap hit from Nash, I can't really see them being able to offer as much as other teams so they fall on my list (unless Doan will take less to have a shot at the cup, in which NYR sadly might be a good bet.) Pittsburgh lost Staal, so some heavy money could be thrown to him, and Philly could also make a nice push. I think Shane Doan would be an amazing fit both on and off the ice (possible captain??)
The Flyers still have a while before the offseason is over, and I hope (I'm sure you do as well) that they make one more big splash and make something happen before the start of the season to be able to fully compete with the tough Eastern Conference.
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