The current Flyers roster is sure to change in the next couple months. If Paul Holmgren has shown us anything over the last week or two, it's to expect the unexpected.
Carter and Richards shipped off to clear cap space and define a new team attitude? Check. Leino to Buffalo in perhaps the best deal for any 30-goal career scorer in NHL history? Done. A handful of other non-signings that allowed 10 total former Flyers to get fitted for new jerseys and look into real estate elsewhere? Done did it.
As the Flyers former big guns get to packing, us fans are left scratching our heads. A great "team guy" like Brian Boucher is history. Versteeg is gone like we all wanted him to be. Jagr is the new Zherdev, except he comes with expectations.
Flyers fans now have the ultimate Monday quarterback hangover.
We all screamed for a true No. 1 goalie for years, and we finally got what we asked for.
Holmgren could’ve signed Bryzgalov and kept the core of the team intact. In fact, a month ago he said he was perfectly happy with the direction of the team. Then out of the blue, when all was quiet, Homer went to work.
His goal was to build a strong defense and a fast offense. He did just that. The underlining goal was to reestablish a sense of ownership in the locker room. Bring in guys that are hungry to prove themselves and hand the team over to the veterans to mold them as soon as possible and make it work NOW.
The development of Giroux and JVR are credited to Holmgren. The difference between NOW and THEN is we need the new additions to make things happen asap.
Here are the 5 players who will be the new leaders in the Flyers locker room and perhaps the next 40 goal scorers for the franchise.
This article was also published here:Philly Sports God Blog