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NHL Rumors: Philadelphia Flyers Need a Blockbuster Move to Shake Up Team

PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 02:  Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers is congratulated by teammates Maxime Talbot #25 after the game against the Carolina Hurricanes on February 2, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2013

Things have not gone according to plan this year for the Philadelphia Flyers, and the front office must be aggressive in order to turn things around.

Last year the Flyers put together one of the best seasons in the NHL. They earned 103 points and defeated the rival Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the postseason.

Although it ended shortly after that, there was plenty of reason to be encouraged coming into the year. The squad had an incredible amount of balance and Claude Giroux was ready to take the next step toward becoming one of the top players in the league.

Unfortunately, the beginning of the year has not been kind. The team lost six of its first eight games and is struggling to move up from the bottom of the standings.

The scoring has been incredibly inconsistent (score seven goals one day and one the next) and the defense has not been much better.

With a shortened season, the organization must act fast in order to turn things around before the playoffs.

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, General Manager Paul Holmgren is looking to do just that. 

The Philadelphia Flyers GM wasn't happy with the club's 2-6-1 record going into Saturday's visit by the Carolina Hurricanes. The word amongst league executives is he'd take just about anything he can get.

The word is the Flyers would like to make "a big move" to shake up their struggling club.

Bringing up Erik Gustafsson is also an option, according to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News, but that is not enough.

When a team is playing this poorly in all aspects of the game, there needs to be some major change to the roster to act as a wake-up call. 

Garrioch speculated that Jarome Iginla or Keith Yandle could be potential options. Both men bring not only talent but a good amount of experience at the professional level. Additionally, Iginla could provide the veteran presence that Jaromir Jagr provided last year.

The other thing that a new face in the locker room can do is inspire the players on the roster to fight harder for a title. It is a great feeling when the organization believes in the team enough to add pieces for a championship run.

Just like trading away a top player for rebuilding purposes could break down a team, the opposite gives a positive feeling all around.

Finally, it would certainly make the fringe players step up their performance in order to keep their spot on the roster.

Philadelphia has the talent to be a contender for the Stanley Cup this season. However, this will not happen if things stay the same.

Holmgren must make a big move to get the team back in the right direction.

 

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