The Flyers’ offseason has seen their defense take some major hits.
The blue line, which showed major weaknesses in the team’s 4-1 series loss to the New Jersey Devils, will be without Chris Pronger, Andrej Meszaros and Andreas Lilja for opening day. Pronger appears to be done for good, and Meszaros could miss the whole regular season recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
The Flyers also failed to add a significant newcomer to the defensive corps, publicly whiffing on high-profile targets like Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.
With the dust of free agency settling, there is little that GM Paul Holmgren can do to upgrade without blowing up the roster.
Here are four ways to fix the defense without making a desperate move.