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The Flyers have really taken a step back this year on the defensive end. While it will probably turn out to be the right move letting Matt Carle go because he was greatly overpaid, it looks like the Flyers could use him right now.
Luke Schenn is an able replacement, but he's the complete opposite of Carle in that he can check and cover well in his own end, but is extremely slow and flimsy with the puck.
Kimmo Timonen's age is clearly getting to him, and although he's still putting up a few points he clearly isn't the player he was. His legs are just weary, and I think that'll only worsen as the season wears on him.
Braydon Coburn and Nicklas Grossmann have each been unspectacular to say the least. Neither has really stepped up and been that first-line pairing guy that Philadelphia needs. Andrej Meszaros may have been that player, but at this point it's hard to rely on him because he is so injury-prone.
That leaves a rotation of Bruno Gervais, Andreas Lilja, Kurtis Foster and Erik Gustafsson to step in and fill out the back end. Not awful players, but certainly not what the Flyers need. Considering they aren't top heavy in the lineup, they certainly need to upgrade the last line so that there's at least not such a drop off.