Philadelphia Flyers' Biggest Mistake in Each of the Last 5 Offseasons

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Philadelphia Flyers' Biggest Mistake in Each of the Last 5 Offseasons
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The 2014 NHL offseason is officially underway.

More than $500 million was committed by NHL squads on the first day of free agency alone, while household names like Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza have relocated via trades.

But for a team that's traditionally among the most active during the offseason, the Philadelphia Flyers have been awfully quiet so far.

Newly appointed GM Ron Hextall used the start of free agency to re-sign backup goaltender Ray Emery along with a pair of future Lehigh Valley Phantoms in forward Blair Jones and goaltender Rob Zepp. Then, just 24 hours later, he inked depth defenseman Nick Schultz to a cost-effective one-year, $1.25 million pact.

The moves were all necessary roster additions for the orange and black but hardly the kind of summer splash the Flyers are known for.

And while some of Philadelphia's offseason additions through the years have been home runs (Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds in 2011, Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell in 2007, Peter Forsberg in 2005), others have been a bit of a misfire.

Here's a look at the Flyers' biggest mistake in each of the last five offseasons.

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