Interpreting What the Flyers "Need"

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by Michael DeNicola

Tags: NHL Philadelphia Flyers Ryan Kesler Sam Carchidi Trade Deadline Trades Vancouver Canucks
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written by Michael DeNicola

Tuesday, March 03, 2014 --

This will be short and sweet, but I wanted to make sure I documented this thought here on my blog. I want to be able to revisit it easily to either pat myself on the back, or aid myself in swallowing my foot with a tall glass of liquid-hindsight. 

The following tweet from Flyers beat writer, Sam Carchidi, stuck under my crawl. 

This is in reference to the trade rumors involving (no surprise) the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver's Ryan Kesler. I don't want to give my opinion on that trade scenario; that is not why I opened this blog up. I, instead, want to look only at what Carchidi has so assuredly and pompously stated in his tweet. From there, I wish to add my thoughts.... 

Firstly, the Flyers have a laundry list of needs. We're not one piece outside of being a Top 3 or 5 Cup contender; our weaknesses weigh heavily on every facet of the game. Which translates to.... we could use help everywhere.

Secondly, it doesn't take a genius to prioritize your needs. Everyone does it. Sitting at the top of the Flyers priority list is defense. Yes, we need a top pairing defenseman (actually two) more than we need to add another forward. But with that said...

Thirdly, this Flyers team is horrendous at even-strength. There are a lot of explanations that factor into that, but none more than our lousy, undisciplined backchecking. Our forwards offer virtually no defensive aid to their blueliners, thus hardly alleviating any offensive pressure against them. Adding a top-pairing defenseman to our roster would help, but only marginally with a forward-defensive corps like we have. 

And lastly, but certainly not least; the whole notion of "not needing another center" would hold some merit if it weren't for the fact that this Flyers team slots in at the 9th worst in face-off percentage. "We have too many centers!" Sure, we have too many centers; but not enough that excel in draws. Possession is the best defense, and that starts by gaining the puck at the dots.

Don't read too much into that. I'm not implying we should sell off every one of our centers, just as I am not implying we should trade for every center under the sun. I'm not implying we NEED any particular player; but I am implying that we NEED a list of types of players. 

If our front office began chipping away at these needs by firstly acquiring another centerman (again, I am NOT implying any particular player here), then I wouldn't complain like most of the masses.

It's easy to say what we need and don't need. And it is never easy to say one thing, then execute on it. We've been exposed on a number of levels..... yes, including the center position. It isn't our largest priority; not by a mile. But like I said, we could use help everywhere.

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