Andrej Meszaros will be out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a torn achillies tendon.
We get it, Hockey Gods, you hate the city of Philadelphia, we get it. Please back off a bit, will ya?
About 2-weeks ago, the Nashville Predators matched the offer of RFA Shea Weber and now they lost the former Barry Ashbee (Awarded for best Flyers Defenseman) winner for the year.
Okay Hockey Gods, we tap out.
Now the talk of Anaheim Mighty Duck Bobby Ryan joining the Flyers will cease.
Okay Okay, no time to panic right now. In Homer we trust. Paul has been in these situations before, but let's look at the defensive core as of this minute --
- Kimmo Timonen, 37yrs old & most likely retiring at the end of this season
- Braydon Coburn
- Nik Grossmann, who battled knee injuries
- Luke Schenn, we don't know what to expect here
- Bruno Gervais, on his 3rd team in 3 years
- Marc-Andre Bourdon, battled concussion issues last season
- Andreas Lilja...........bleh
- Erik Gustafsson, a sophomore in the NHL & should be interesting to see how he performs on a daily basis
- Brandon Manning, stepped in for an injured Pavel Kubina, nothing too flashy but did well for a rookie
- Oliver Lauridsen, tall and very, very raw, plus no NHL experience
- Blake Kessel, a right-handed defenseman with no NHL experience
Okay, maybe it's time to panic a bit.
Will Homer sign PK Subban to an offer sheet? Before your storm of hatred hits the coast like Katrina, try and understand that the 23yr old Subban would be bringing the offense of Meszaros and the puck-moving ability that Carle instituted. If you're still saying NO to this speculation because of his tendency to turn the puck over, then remind yourself he hasn't reached his prime. There's still plenty of time to remedy that hindrance. If it is PK's attitude that worries you, perhaps we should take comfort in knowing that a change in scenery (especially from one that has the heaviest pressure of ALL hockey markets) would do the the defenseman some good.
Will Holmgren try to pry disgruntled Islanders d-man Lubomir Visnovsky? Last season the 5'10" blue liner played in 68-games, scoring 6-goals and ending with 27pts total.
Whatever happens, you can be sure general managers around the League are keeping their eyes open for Holmgren's call. The Philadelphia GM will be looking to find out who's available, and those same suits on the other end of the receiver know Homer's hands are now tied.
A lot of questions need to be answered by training camp but one thing is for sure, it's never a dull moment when dealing with our beloved Flyers.
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