The Philadelphia Flyers saved themselves a bunch of money by signing Ruslan Fedotenko and Bruno Gervais today. Obviously, losing out in the sweepstakes to land bigger names forced the Flyers to make some smaller moves.
Between the two deals, it would appear the Flyers spend about $2.5 million. That still puts the team in foreign territory – well UNDER the salary cap.
In the past two weeks, the Flyers have lost great size and scoring ability on their wing in losing Jaromir Jagr to the Dallas Stars and JVR to Toronto in the trade for Luke Schenn. I honestly don’t believe that Ruslan Fedotenko is the answer in replacing those two players, just like I don’t believe Bruno Gervais is to replace Matt Carle. But maybe they’re not supposed to be the replacements.
The fact that the Flyers still have so much money under the salary cap indicates to me that there must still some moves for the Flyers to make. A lot of fans are pressing the panic button today, seeing that the team has taken a bit of a step back. I’ve been a Philadelphia fan for a long time, and there’s one thing you can always count on – the Flyers WILL be competitive.
The Flyers may not have won a Stanley Cup for 37 years, but that doesn’t mean it’s for lack of trying. The organization consistently does right by its players and its fans. They may not have the rings, but there aren’t too many years where you can say this team has sucked (yes, I remember 2006 too).
Paul Holmgren, whether you like him or not, (I do) is not shy. Homer will make moves that he believes will help the team. So if you want to panic, than go ahead! It’s all yours. I’m not going to.
First off, this team of young players wound up putting 103 points on the board this season. They’ll only be better with a year of NHL experience under their belts. I, for one, am excited to see what we’ve got. Everyone knows that no other Philadelphia franchise will let the kids play (Dom Brown, Evan Turner come to mind). If by chance it’s a clunker of a year, at least you know what you’ve got, and you can fix it from there. There will be a better free agent class by far next year.
Secondly, there are still trade avenues to explore. The Flyers have been consistently linked to Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan. There’s always the chance that Holmgren will pull the trigger on one of those deals and improve his team that way. If they do, the Flyers will likely have to give up some of the young talent that they’ve tried so hard to hold on to.
I really can’t believe that Homer is done with this offseason. But even if he is, I’m ok with it. Time to see what these kids are made of.