Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons Flyers Will Be Forced to Have a Fire Sale
The Philadelphia Flyers have already had one of the most surprising and one of the most judgmental offseasons in recent memory.
A year removed from a Stanley Cup Final, GM Paul Holmgren shook up the team by trading away its captain and one of his assistant captains. He traded away two franchise players that were locked up until 2021.
It is now time to move on for the Flyers. Many fans see the future as now being much brighter. That is certainly what Holmgren wants as well. But what if all this does not pan out the way he pictured it?
Here are five reasons why the Flyers will eventually have to have a fire sale come midseason.
5. What Chemistry?
We already will have two completely different looking lines heading into training camp. I even suspect that all four offensive lines will be different and even a defensive pairing as well.
Now with the additional cap space, my hope is that the Flyers keep at least one line together. That would be the line of Danny Briere, Ville Leino and Scott Hartnell.
It might take a little bit for the other lines to gel next season, but will the fans (and management) be patient?
4. Chris Pronger's Health
It's pretty much written on the wall that Chris Pronger will wear the "C" next season for the Flyers. It will be interesting to see how many times he actually wears his jersey on game night.
Last season was a nightmare for Pronger, as he sat out for 32 regular season games and missed most of the playoffs due to a hand injury.
Pronger is certainly not getting any younger and now even more pressure will be on the 36-year-old entering his 18th NHL season.
3. Still Too Little Cap Room
Brad Richards, Steven Stamkos, Jarome Iginla.
These are all names being thrown around of players who may be wearing the orange and black next season thanks to the cleared cap space from the trades made last week.
The problem is, two of the three players are getting up there in age. If things don't pan out in the first season or two, they or some other players may be unloaded in order to free up cap space again.
The Flyers are in a "win now" type of mode. If the team struggles out the gate, no one should be safe on the team.
2. Now They Have Too Many Goalies
Fans were so excited to see Sergei Bobrovsky play well this season. The Flyers had hope for the future at the goalie position. He was the goaltender of the future.
Not any more. Ilya Bryzgalov has taken control of that title. Bob right now is in limbo. The Flyers cannot send him down to the AHL and he cannot sit on the bench backing up all season.
As much as fans loved Bob, he may have to go. There is no sense is playing him maybe 20 games a year. Bryzgalov signed a huge long-term deal and the Flyers are going to get their money's worth out of him.
1. Can This Team Win Now?
Jeff Carter and his 36 goals are gone. Mike Richards and his 66 points are gone.
The Flyers struggled mightily at times in the postseason on the offensive end of the ice. Granted, they did face two top-notch goaltenders, but if you want to win the Cup you have to beat the best.
The Flyers traded Carter and Richards for some promising young prospects. Who knows what will become of them. Can they help now or in five years?
All I know is that James Van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux will have to both play all season long like they did in the 2011 playoffs.