NHL Trade Rumors: 5 Reasons Philadelphia Flyers Should Not Make a Splash
The Philadelphia Flyers have a fanbase and ownership that wants one thing—win now! But sometimes what you want is not what you need.
Right now, they can win it all. It's not worth betting on, but they have the talent.
To make it easier they might try to land a big name like Shea Weber, but if they do, it will only make them what Nashville is now.
Just like on Wall Street, you need to know when to buy, sell or just stand-pat. For the Flyers, now is the time to stand-pat.
Don't get me wrong, they need help. A veteran defenseman like Hal Gill and another forward to help out on the penalty kill would be great.
However, the asking price could be something the Flyers regret if they do in fact follow through.
Still don't agree? Fine, allow me to present five reasons why the Flyers should not make any big moves at the deadline.
There are other things in evaluating any sports-team that do not show up on a stat sheet. One is team chemistry.
Team chemistry is something that not only brings out the best in your players, but is gained by players gelling together.
This team needs some time to grow. If you give them the time to do so, they will get better.
They will learn where each other are without looking, what man to pickup in the defensive zone, and if the player is going to take a shot, will it go for the five-hole.
Adding another new face now to take an expanded role would just be counterproductive to team chemistry.
Plethora of Rookies
The Flyers have dressed 11 rookies this season. Eight have seen action in more than 10 games.
They all have looked like everyday veteran players for a majority of their time on the ice.
Yes, they have made dumb rookie mistakes, but for the most part, they have played a huge part in making this team competitive.
Sean Couturier, Matt Read and Brayden Schenn are all legitimate scoring threats that can hit 20 goals this season. The three of them combine for 61 points!
Marc-Andre Bourdon and Eric Gustafson have been reliable in expanded roles as the third defensive pairing. I personally think these two could be the second coming of McCrimmon and Howe.
Together, Bourdon and Gustafson are a plus-10!
What can you say about Zac Rinaldo and Tom Sestito. These two are direct throwbacks to the Broad Street Bullies of the 70s.They combine for 189 penalty minutes!
The seven players I just mentioned have shown me they themselves could, as a group, be the nucleus of a contending franchise.
Goaltending Is Improving
Ilya Bryzgalov was brought to settle the goalie issue in net. Don't get me wrong, he's been bad at times, but he's also been good and is getting better.
In Bryzgalov's last eight games, he's given up more than one goal twice. Through that span, he got another shutout, and in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky, he kept the Devils off the boards through a period and a half.
If the Flyers are going to go far, they are going to need their goalies to at least be solid, otherwise a trade will just be futile.
Bryzgalov doesn't have to win the Vezina, just the Cup. Let him continue to improve behind the players he is already adapting to. A new face might just discombobulate things.
Uncertainty with Chris Pronger
Pronger's visit to the Skate Zone in Voorhees is a far cry from saying he will return anytime soon. But it's not saying that he can't return at some point either.
His absence is probably the biggest thing affecting this team right now. I know we all want the void left by him filled. However, maybe the best guy to do that is Pronger himself.
Perhaps he can come back next year or by the playoffs. Heck, Ian Laperriere came back from a nasty concussion, even if it was premature; Pronger will be back well past the time it took Lappy to return.
Should we be so selfish as to write Pronger off before more certainty is made of his situation?
Free Agents Can Be Had for Cash in July
Trading top prospects or roster players isn't the right move now with a name like Ryan Suter set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
I want Shea Weber as much as the next guy, but I look at rookies like Couturier and Schenn, then think how good they will be in years to come. It's just not worth trading any of our youth for one of these guys right now.
Come playoff time, you need depth. It's the same reason why the Flyers have overcome the injuries this season to stay in control of their destiny.
Patience is a virtue, and if the Flyers stay patient, there will be someone available in free agency. If they aren't available in free agency, then there will be some big name up for a trade next year.
Make the big moves later.
Maybe the best thing is to let Pronger heal while these rookies develop into elite players.
Maybe another year under his belt in Philly will have Bryzgalov ready to take this team to the next level with a healthy Pronger leading the charge.
Maybe it's just not our year, and making a desperate trade is just cutting off our noses to spite our faces.
That concludes my presentation, hope you enjoyed!
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