The Philadelphia Flyers front office was busy last week making two big trades to land Nicklas Grossman and Pavel Kubina. Even before these trades, to round out a defensive corps maligned by the absence of Chris Pronger, there was a corps of players that made this team a contender.
Heavy contributions from a unit starting almost 10 rookies on any given night have provided the Flyers top line with secondary scoring. But make no mistake: This team can't be carried by a group of rookies if it wants to win a Cup.
Allow me to present the seven players most crucial to the Flyers' Stanley Cup hopes.