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Offseason Report: Philadelphia Flyers

Jul 23, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

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From July 16-Aug 16, we’ll be profiling all 30 NHL teams by recapping what they did this offseason and previewing their upcoming campaigns.

2011-12 season

48-28-6 102 points. Third in the Atlantic Division, fifth in the Eastern Conference. Beat Pittsburgh (4-2) in the Conference quarterfinals, lost to New Jersey (4-1) in the semis.

Additions

Luke Schenn, Bruno Gervais, Ruslan Fedotenko

Departures

Jaromir Jagr, Matt Carle, James van Riemsdyk, Sergei Bobrovsky

2012 Draft

1st Round, 20th overall — Scott Laughton (OHL Oshawa)

Looking back

GM Paul Holmgren’s busy offseason began at the draft, when he flipped winger James van Riemsdyk to Toronto for defenseman Luke Schenn (reuniting him with brother Brayden in the process.)

Holmgren also dealt Sergei Bobrovsky to Columbus for picks, then re-signed Michael Leighton on July 1, putting the 31-year-old in prime position to be Ilya Bryzgalov‘s backup in goal.

During free agency, Philly — like almost every other NHL team — was in on both Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, with the latter reportedly receiving a $110 million offer from the Flyers.

(More on that significant dollar figure in a sec.)

While those chases were going on, Philly saw a couple of key pieces walk. Jaromir Jagr parlayed his comeback season into a one-year, $4.5 million deal from Dallas and Matt Carle cashed in on a weak UFA defenseman market, inking with Tampa Bay to the tune of six years, $33.5 million.

Looking forward

SHEA WEBER.

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way — and yes, we here at PHT are pretty sharp about our scheduling — let’s point out the blindingly obvious:

Should Nashville not match the 14-year, $110 million deal Weber signed with the Flyers, Philly’s offseason report has a markedly different narrative.

Weber would give the Flyers an elite blueliner in the Chris Pronger mold, only he’s younger (26 to Pronger’s 37) and healthier (Weber’s only missed nine games over the last four seasons.)

Granted, he doesn’t have Pronger’s winning pedigree — but that could soon come on a Flyers team loaded with talent and a potentially deep blueline. A top-six of Weber, Meszaros, Coburn, Schenn, Timonen and Grossmann looks pretty enticing.

Have your say

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think of the Flyers’ 2012-13 outlook in the comments section.

  1. lloydpricessister - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    FAILURE AGAIN JUST LIKE THE LAST 37 YEARS. HAHAHAHA SCA

    • phillyphever - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Let me quote something from a movie from my childhood Toy Story: “You’re a sad, strange little man”.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    If they land weber, I can see them being 1st overall in the east. But can they get far in the playoffs? Weber will help Bryz out a lot. But will it be enough?

    I’m not a flyers fan, really dislike them. HOWEVER it is hard to deny that they have talent and lots of it.

  3. dsd3 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Bryz will look a whole lot better with Weber in front of him.

  4. Stiller43 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Flyers suck

  5. muir6 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Offseason champs! The foundation of a dynasty

  6. tbbolts91 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    As a devoted lightning fan, I would like to see Philly get weber just to make the hockey better to watch. Whether they can make it to the playoffs depends on their goaltending. Matt Carle got way over paid. (just thought I’d say something before pens trolls take over)

  7. phillyphever - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    I’ll wait until the Weber thing is settled before predicting things. All I know is that Bryz is gonna be better this year than last year (I call last year an adjustment period. He better shine this year).

  8. mattj2524 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Can anyone knocking this team name a better top 6? That’s less of a question and more of a challenge: Really, provided the Weber sheet isn’t matched, and he finds his way into Orange and Black, find a team out there with a better 3 pairings on it’s blue line…

    Can’t do it.

    IF Weber goes through, while it guarantees nothing from a Championship prospective, eveyone in the new “Conference-D” grouping will let out a collective “son of a…” about having to play in the same conference as this team.

  9. malkinrulez - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Eagles looked great on paper, chemistry is huge . With or without weber Philly is talent rich and will be in the mix for the cup.

  10. flyersob1 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    We lost:
    aging(clearly demonstrated) Jagr, turnover machine in Carle, Injury-proned JVR and BOB, who had no chnace of being a starter, even thoough, i thought he is same or better than Bryz.
    We got: Schenn which is a need on D-Line, Rusty- experience and hockey sense, Leighton – good enough to be a backup and possibly Webere. the best d-man in the league. So i would say good job Holmgeren and loose sleep you haters :)

    • Eberwizzle - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Not to mention that aging Jagr had same exact stats as Nash

  11. sjsharks66 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    *lose sleep

  12. pheagles - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    How dare the Rangers do that trade on Flyers day…
    No class.

    • sheckyrimshot - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      howson: ok you get nash, we get a bunch of crap and a draft pick that i will screw up. deal?
      slats: no you idiot. wait until its flyers day on pht.

  13. fortwaynekomets - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    who is their backup goalie?

  14. flyersob1 - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Jagr played wuth Giroux and Hartnell, Who did Nash have?

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