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The one weakness on the Philadelphia blue line is a lack of a legitimate sixth defenseman—a position that assumes a tremendous significance when the health of Chris Pronger and the age of Kimmo Timonen is taken into consideration.
Occupying one half of the ice on the Flyer third pairing is 2010-11 Barry Ashbee Trophy winner Andrej Meszaros, who was acquired during the summer of 2010. On the other half, it's a toss up between veteran Andreas Lilja, talented prospect Oskars Bartulis and Kimmo Timonen clone Erik Gustafsson.
If the Flyers can swing a deal that provides them with a legitimate young defenseman, they'll look to deal Bartulis and develop Gustafsson. If not, they still could make a move for a cheap upgrade at the position in the form of a veteran blueliner (Brian McCabe) or a player on the trading block with another club.
In any event, if the Flyers can acquire something of value for Bartulis while not surrendering any defensive depth, they'll pull the trigger. Bartulis could develop into something special, but it might take a change of scenery for him to do so.