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The biggest concern for the Flyers following the end of last season was their defense.
Now, the biggest concern facing the Orange and Black entering the upcoming season remains their defense.
Philadelphia currently only has four reliable, healthy defensemen. With Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann and Luke Schenn, the Flyers have a steady top four on defense.
The problem is that's it. Andrej Meszaros and Andreas Lilja are hurt. Meanwhile, youngsters like Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Manning are untested.
And despite Philly's reliable top four on defense, the team lacks those fierce game-breakers on the back end that turn good teams into great ones.
Rumors have briefly swirled about Philadelphia's interest in acquiring Montreal defender P.K. Subban (h/t Bertrand Raymond, RDS.ca) and the Flyers were one of several teams hoping to get into the mix for Phoenix blueliner Keith Yandle, but so far neither has come to fruition.
As it stands now, Philly's defense is worse today than it was six months ago. As a team that aims to compete for the Stanley Cup each and every year, the Flyers will likely have to find upgrades for their defense to accomplish just that.