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Posted 11:55 AM ET | Comments 9
Let me start this blog with one thing... START THE SEASON!!!!

The Flyers as we stand now have made tons of great moves to improve their team. Whether you feel they overpaid for players or whatever the case may be, their team right now is a complete 180 from last season, if they click.

The additions of Briere, Hartnell, and Lupul really add great depth and skill to the offense. Personally I am extremely excited to watch Briere and Gagne play together, many feel Briere won't work out in Philly, but I strongly feel him and Gagne are going to be a force in the NHL for alot of years to come. Hartnell to me seems like a Knuble type player ready to emerge, can't wait to see what he brings. (he better earn his 4.5 million bucks lol) As for Lupul, this kid has so much potential that got halted in Edmonton, I really hope he breaks out this year and begins a great year in Philly. (would love to see him reunited with Selanne but we wont get into that... yet.)

Additions of Timonen and Smith are extremely big pickups in my opinion. These two players bring a great amount of experience and leadership to a franchise with ALOT of young players who looked very lost last season. I am hoping these two are able to pick up big minutes and take some pressure off the rest of the defensive unit, this could be great for Hatcher. They will also improve both our PP and Pk this year as well. Timonen will be the center of a PP unit that has the ability to be one of the best in the game this year. Timonen in my opinion should be wearing the C for several years to come.

The additions of Kukkonen, Coburn, Upshall, Biron, and even Parent are going to prove to be great pickups for our future, Kukkonen, Upshall, Coburn, and Biron have already proven the deals were worth making. Kukkonen and Parent, IMO, are going to be two of the better defensive players in the NHL for several years.

With all these moves that have been made... I feel there are still a few moves that still need to be made to make this one of the best off seasons, ON PAPER, in a long time in the NHL.

#1 Umberger and Gauthier need to be traded. The wheels seem to be in motion on these two moves, according to Ek's rumors. This will clear up a little over 3 million in cap space in which we could definitely use. I would love to see Umberger stay, but he is the odd man out at this point, and becomes an unsignable RFA next season with the amount of RFA on the current roster. Gauthier just needs to go. 2.1 million for the next 2 seasons in a player who will do nothing more than hault the progress of Kukkonen and provide a few highlight reel hits, is just a waste.

#2 Sign/Acquire a physical, face off winning 4th line center to play with Eager and Cote. Eager and Cote are both physical players who just dont stop coming at you. If we can bring in a guy with the same intensity of these two guys, they will be a tremendous change of pace line that provides great energy.

#3 Sign a 6th d-man. The ideal situation, IMO, would be to sign a veteran, physical, puck moving defense man to pair with Kukkonen. Kukkonen is on the verge of becoming an extremely solid d-man and pairing him with a young player like Picard, or a sketchy player like Gauthier, IMO, will hurt his progress. A veteran player he feels comfortable playing with, would be a great pairing. This would also help Picard to become a better player, and help us to re-sign him next season as well.

#2 and/or #3 could get done through #1, even if it takes throwing in a player like Potulny who clearly is having negotiation issues at this point.

If the Flyers can make the Selanne deal happen, make it happen, IMO. If they can sign him for right around 3.5 million, sign him. This would mean we are scratching the cap, but what do we have to lose? Selanne is another veteran presence, who will help to bring guys like Carter and Lupul along and jump start some great careers. He would also help our PP ALOT. This is a stretch but if it can be done, get it done. I love the idea more than bringing PF back, even though he will be cheaper. But anyway.

If those 3 moves can be made, I would be extremely happy. What do you guys think of these moves? You think these would be the icing on the cake? Or are you completely satisfied with what we have?
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August 21, 2007 12:20 PM ET | Delete
I think the Flyers d is set, and I do not see a need to sign another physical veteran since we have Hatch, Smith and Goat. I believe we are fine with platooning Picard, Parent and others in the 6th spot, the flyers need some youth back there.
August 21, 2007 12:36 PM ET | Delete
Hatcher is garbage.
August 21, 2007 12:37 PM ET | Delete
I agree in that they are going to be an exciting team to watch this year, some minor tweeking as you've mentioned will help. Please people, A LOT is two workds...sheesh???
August 21, 2007 12:55 PM ET | Delete
mikehock9... you don't think that a physical veteran to pair with Kukkonen would help him alot? pairing picard or parent with kukkonen will take away from Kukkonens ice time because such a pairing would not be given the amount a vteran and kukkonen would recieve.. I think you are undervaluing the impact kukkonen could have on this team this year and going forward... Also my first move was to trade goat.... and even if he did stay he would be the 6th d-man and there would be no platooning of parent and picard... your post didnt make sesnse..
August 21, 2007 9:23 PM ET | Delete
I think Mike is saying that we should trade gautheir and then let picard or parent take the 6th spot. I wouldnt be too upset with that but I would liek to see a right hander back their. He may have also been saying that we dont need a physical D man for that spot which I agree with, we need a puck moving d man that can play the PP, IMHO. Dont want to see Umberger go unless its for a bigger reason (brining in a big name by clearing space or getting a trade done to improve the team- getting rid of guathier).
August 21, 2007 10:19 PM ET | Delete
I do not see how my post does not make sense. If the flyers do get rid of Goat, then that leaves them with 2 guys whose definitions are veteran physical dmen(hatch and smith). With those 2 and Timonen in the fold, I do not see any reason to add age to this already old d corps. ^You say that you want to see Kukk paired with a physical vet that the FLyers acquire via trade. Why not just pair him with either Smith or Hatcher. Makes sense to me. In the new nhl 2 physical presences on the dline is enough and I'm sorry my first post didn't make sense.
August 22, 2007 9:11 AM ET | Delete
I didn't mean your entire post I just meant the confusion of gauthier being one of the 3 physical d-men but than saying that the 6th spot would still be open for platooning. The reason for the veteran is because Kukkonen has the ability to grow into a solid top 4 d-man within this season. If you pair him with a veteran its going to help that maturing period go alot faster. Thats the reason. The reason I say physical as well is because Kukkonen is not a physical player at all and needs a partner who will clear the crease and such. It would be great for Kukkonen. Switching up his partner with a bunch of different players... Picard, Jones, Parent wil slow down kukkonens progress and take away from his ice time. Kukkonen is a special player, hes going to be the centerpiece of our defense with Parent for a long while. Picard and Parent need another year in the AHL.
August 22, 2007 9:21 AM ET | Delete
hatcher should be traded, he is horrible
August 22, 2007 11:40 AM ET | Delete
Read this careully Flyerareback. If you want kukk to play with a physical vet then why on earth can he not be paired with Hatch or Smith?
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