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PA • United States • 2013 Years Old • Male
Many Flyers fans who watched all of the free agent and trade craziness in the last few days are scratching their heads wondering why the Flyers have only made a handful of relatively minor moves.

The answer is...Addition thru Subtraction !

Lets examine how this 'Final Four' team has improved in the off-season thus far...

Umberger out ; Giroux in = WIN
RJ is in his prime and had an outstanding playoffs which is why he was obviously asking for too much money. Homer traded him for one of the top 1st round defensive prospects drafted in this deep 2008 draft; Luca Sbisa. This move makes sense because it not only makes room for Giroux, but also clears up much needed cap space. Giroux showed us flashes of brilliance last season, Im really looking forward to seeing what he can do.
Note: RJ is still unsigned, I wonder how much he will get.

Smith + Modry + Fitzpatrik out ; Vaananen + Eminger + Parent in = WIN
Smith played an important part last season, with the team benefitting from his leadership & grit, many of the core young players saw just what it takes to be a REAL hockey player. Modry filled a void at a much needed time with poise & veteral composure, and battled thru a tough personal loss. Kudos to Smith and Modry for their valiant play thru much adversity this season, but the cold hard reality is that the Flyers D just got a whole lot younger and more skilled.
Note: Timonen very well may get the "C" if Richie doesnt.

Dowd + Kappy out ; Metropolit in = N/A
Two more total class act guys, Sami Kapanen and Jim Dowd are no longer a part of this squad. Kappy, a long time vet with the Flyers has left us with many positive memories, but alas it was obviously his time to retire. As much as I realllly liked what Jimmy Dowd and Sami Kapanen brought to this team; Metro is a class act and is a vast improvement in almost every aspect except leadership. Metro will play an important role, he can play many positions on any line much like RJ. He is a great 2-way player like Kappy, with sharp offensive skills and solid defensive play like Dowd. Hopefully the new captain will be able to pick up the leadership slack with Dowd and Kappy gone.

Prospal out ; Gags returns = WIN
There is no doubt that Vinny helped propel us into and thru the playoffs and I think it would have been great to have kept him. At 3.5mill his salary looks to be very reasonable. But thats just not how it happened. Gags' injury was the main reason we got Vinny in the first place, so with Gags returning, that means Vinny is out. IMO, a healthy Gagne returning to the lineup is 10x more valuable to this team.
Note: Parent leapfrogged Picard into the starting lineup. Some people may point out that Picard played well in 07 season, and would be one of our best D prospects right now, arguing that we paid too much for Vinny. I say NO! Picard gave us Prospal on the 1st line, a draft pick plus 3 huge rounds of great playoffs! Plus, if Picard was a sure thing, why would TB have jumped at signing Niskala so fast?

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July 3, 2008 12:03 PM ET | Delete
I agree that Umberger like Malone wanted way more $ than any realistic team would pay. Let the two greedy "hometown" homos leave the state. If Malone matches his output from last season, which is doubtful, he's making 300k a goal. He must make one heck of a cup of coffee or something. Must be nice to have Daddy harping in a GM's ear to give you more dough. Back to Philly (sorry for the rant,) I think the Flyers need one more sniper/playmaker to play with Briere and you guys will be fine.
July 3, 2008 12:08 PM ET | Delete
Thanks for the comment. We've got plenty of snipers. Gagne, Carter, Lupul, Upshall and now you can add Metropolit and Giroux to that list.
July 3, 2008 12:11 PM ET | Delete
I forgot Gagne was hurt. Judging only from the playoffs, it looked to me like Briere was doing a lot of his nifty little plays but had nobody to pass to. Gagne returning is huge, but I'm a long way from sold on Met or Giro.
July 3, 2008 12:20 PM ET | Delete
Nice job...all good points
July 3, 2008 2:02 PM ET | Delete
Good points. I think Metropolit is a complete steal so far. Hopefully Gagne is back to par like he was scoring 40 goals. I'm VERY excited to see how Giroux plays. I love the team we have this year, and i'll be let down if we dont make it back to the ECF or the Cup.
July 3, 2008 2:17 PM ET | Delete
Good points Mr. Bigglesworth. I agree Homer did a good job thus far. I would have like to have seen better defensive upgrades but not at the cost of One... Hundred... BILLION DOLLARS! UFA defensemen are just getting way to much money this July. While recognizing that there still may be moves made this offseason - I think the Flyers are going to be a better team come this season then last. I am still a little concerned about Gagne's health though.
July 3, 2008 3:19 PM ET | Delete
all that is left is:knuble jones pickto get boyle............ timone/vaananen.. coburn/boyle.... eminger/parent
July 3, 2008 8:31 PM ET | Delete
They can't trade Knuble/Jones/pick for Boyle. They'd be even more over the cap than they are now by making that trade, and they'd need to replace Knuble.
July 4, 2008 1:38 AM ET | Delete
All good points you make, But I look at the roster, and I can't see the Flyers making the final four again nevermind play for the cup. I think there are still holes unless the youngsters continue to progress, and Upshall improves greatly. On d, Hatch is the only banger, and he's up in years. Something is missing.
July 4, 2008 8:48 AM ET | Delete
Good assessment. Umberger's value was inflated by that playoff series. You're putting a little too much faith in the young guys, in my opinion, and I would not count on Gagne at all. He's one decent hit from retirement.
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