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In wake of Meszaros injury, Flyers defense might turn to kiddie corps

Aug 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

Paul Holmgren AP

In a conference call following news of Andrej Meszaros’ torn Achilles tendon, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren wouldn’t say if he’d explore the trade or free agent route to find a replacement blueliner.

He did say the club would look from within — and possibly rely on its youth.

“We’ve got a lot of young kids that we like,” Holmgren said. “Marc-Andre Bourdon played a lot of games for us last year. Erik Gustafsson played a fair amount. Brandon Manning got his feet wet, so we do have some kids that we like.”

Bourdon, 22, appeared in 45 games in his first NHL season, scoring 4G-3A-7PTS while averaging over 16 minutes a night. He only appeared in one of Philly’s playoff games, though.

Gustafsson, 23, was less of a factor in the regular season (30GP: 1G-4A-5PTS) but made his mark in the postseason, scoring two points in seven contests while averaging over 17 minutes of ice time.

Manning, 22, played in four games for Philly last year, spending almost all his time in AHL Adirondack.

Holmgren was further pressed on questions about trades and free agency, but wouldn’t bite.

Instead, here’s CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio on possible acquisitions:

Now the question becomes, will the Flyers go the free agent route or try to pull off a trade for a major upgrade, such as targeting Dan Boyle in San Jose.

Still left on the free agent market are Michal Rozsival, who would be an expensive upgrade, but so would a trade for Boyle, who is not a free agent.

Other free agents are Carlo Colaiacovo, Chris Campoli and Jaroslav Spacek.

Of note, the Flyers could have nearly $9 million in cap space freed up if both Meszaros and Chris Pronger open the season on long term injured reserve.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    If the Flyers were a human body, they’d be the barrel-chested, gun-show body builder with stork legs and ballerina feet right now.

    • phillyphever - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Kind of like this guy:

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        Precisely.

  2. chrisvegas - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    I think the smart move is to turn to the youth and let them develope. If you trade for someone like Yandle you are going to have to sacrafice young talent that in a few years is really going to pay off. If you can find a cheap deal for a player then go for it, but if not I say why not see what you have in these young guys. So far Bourdon and Gus both look like they have the potential to develope into solid defenseman.

    • cweez2 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      Or sign PK Subban to an offer sheet

  3. andyreidisfat - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    This hurts no doubt. But i like the young kids. Still i see Homer making a trade, which i am ok with as long as its for a long term solution and not some older one rental. Mez could be done for good with an injury like this.

  4. georgia166 - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Tired of hearing about this J*e*w*boy Yandle , what’s this guy ever done that warrants a blockbuster trade or a kings ransom in return? , heck I wouldnt even want him on my team just cause of his silly last name alone.

  5. rushledger - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Phoenix would want a premium for Yandle and rightfully so their defense is very strong 2 forwards and another piece would have to come back if it happened.

  6. ml3939 - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    I thought the bourdon who briefly played in the playoffs before getting hurt performed very well. He appeared to have offensive confidence and nice shot from the point. I believe he is ready to be a productive everyday NHL defenseman.

  7. georgia166 - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Stick with the youth Homer! it’s not like the Flyers are a serious Cup Contender as constructed today

  8. wakegoalie27 - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    I personally was extremely impressed with manning, I know it was only 4 games but he showed to me he was ready to rock it in the NHL.

  9. chazxcore - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    I do like Gus and Manning.

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