Offseason injuries to Andreas Lilja and Andrej Meszaros, coupled with the doubts surrounding Chris Pronger’s return to hockey, left the Flyers’ blue line depleted before the lockout even began. Matt Carle was lost to free agency, while Luke Schenn was brought in via a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Schenn’s development is a talking point for those concerned about the Flyers’ defense, as are Kimmo Timonen’s age, Braydon Coburn’s leadership and the general performance of young blueliners.
Should the season happen, the Flyers will look for ways to get the most out of their defensive corps.
Here are six ways the Flyers can get their defense back to competitive status between now and the start of the season, whenever that may be.