NHL Trade Rumors: 3 Reasons the Flyers Don't Need To Replace Chris Pronger

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NHL Trade Rumors: 3 Reasons the Flyers Don't Need To Replace Chris Pronger
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Since announcing that team captain Chris Pronger would be out for the remainder of the 2011-2012 season, the Philadelphia Flyers have been linked to virtually every other team in the NHL with proposed trades to replace the All-Star defenceman.

The logic is clear: Losing a player as talented as Chris Pronger so early in the season leaves a gaping hole in the depth chart and opens up a whole host of questions as to the sustainability of the team.

Investigating potential trades is the natural, knee-jerk response to this kind of situation.

However, the more time you take to assess the team, the more the need for a major trade seems to fade away.  Upon closer inspection, it's clear that—while the Flyers are not perfect—keeping the team stable might be the best option.

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