NHL Trades/Free Agency 2012: 9 Defensemen Who Make Sense for Philadelphia Flyers

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NHL Trades/Free Agency 2012: 9 Defensemen Who Make Sense for Philadelphia Flyers
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After an unexpected second-round exit, the Philadelphia Flyers are sure to undergo some changes this offseason.

One area that definitely needs some help is the Orange and Black's defense.  The Flyers survived an opening round series with Pittsburgh despite giving up 26 goals-against in six games.  The team's defense (or lack thereof) caught up with them in the second round when Philly surrendered 18 goals-against in its five-game setback to New Jersey.  

For long stretches throughout the postseason, Philadelphia's defense looked soft and out of sorts.  They were consistently hemmed in their own end and blew countless coverages in front of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

So here are nine defensemen who would fit perfectly in Philadelphia.  Some are genuinely realistic alternatives while others are enjoyable pipe dreams for Flyers fans.  The one thing they all have in common—they would be welcome with open arms in the City of Brotherly Love. 

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