One of the most curious aspects of all the trade rumors that have emerged for the Flyers is how desperate and urgent most of them sound.
If you were to base your opinion of the team solely on rumors, you'd think that the Flyers' window of opportunity for a Stanley Cup is almost closed.
In reality, it's just starting to open.
The Flyers are an incredibly young team with mountains of potential.
Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk, Sergei Bobrovsky, Wayne Simmonds and many others on the team are all 23 years old or younger, and the majority of the roster is under the age of 30.
Meanwhile, rookies like Matt Read, Sean Couturier and, yes, even Brayden Schenn all show tremendous upside.
This Flyers team has perhaps the most potential of any club in the NHL, and in a few years could the perennial favorite for Lord Stanley's Cup.
Bear in mind, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Flyers, and they've already found themselves leading the Eastern Conference. Imagine what they could accomplish with another year or two of experience.
Replacing Pronger would require the Flyers to mortgage that bright future.
Any NHL team that would be willing to hand over a defenceman of Pronger's quality certainly would be looking for young, talented players in return. The team would, in essence, be trading away playoff runs of the future for one panicked move of the present.
As difficult as it may be to accept, the Flyers' best bet would to suppress the urge to make a blockbuster trade and instead invest in the future by letting this group of players continue the path they've been forging since November 19th.
Chris Pronger might be down, but the Flyers are looking up.