Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 4/2/13
The Philadelphia Flyers find themselves back in the mix for an Eastern Conference playoff spot after earning points in their last three games. Amazing the difference a week can make. As a result of their sudden re-birth, and the fact that they are decimated by injur,y (Danny Briere, Max Talbot, Bradon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros and Nicklas Grossmann all out indefinitely) the Flyers may find themselves in a position to be buyers as the NHL trade deadline approaches. Paul Holmgren already pulled the trigger on a minor trade yesterday sending Harry Zolnierczyk to Anaheim in exchange for enforcer Jay Rosehill. There are rumors of more moves. One of those rumored trade discussions is a very curious one to me. Reports surfaced yesterday that the Flyers are engaging in talk with the Dallas Stars to re-acquire veteran winger and future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr. The reason this is so curious to me is that it is my strongly held belief that had the Flyers and company made an effort to re-sign Jagr in the offseason, a lot of the issues that have plagued this team may not have been an issue. As much as I was skeptical of the idea of the Flyers signing Jagr in the first place, the truth is he was an amazingly positive influence on this team last year. He helped Claude Giroux take the next step to becoming a bona fide superstar, and his relentless work ethic seeped into a very young team that needed that kind of example from a living legend. While Jagr may not be the scoring machine he once was, his play at 40 years old was more than adequate. A lot more than adequate. His presence was priceless. He helped give the Flyers an identity. In the offseason, the Flyers made the aggressive moves that they have become known for. They made pitches for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter that fell short, then slipped an offer sheet to Nashville’s Shea Weber. That too didn’t pan out, and because of all the time spent waiting, the Flyers put themselves behind the free agency eight ball. Jaromir Jagr, wanting to feel wanted by the organization, grew weary of waiting and accepted a deal to play in Dallas. I was disappointed by the move, but I understood it. To think that his presence hasn’t been missed this year would foolish. The Flyers have lacked character, leadership, stability and an identity. Making a trade for Jagr (14 G 12 A in 34 Games) now may give the Flyers a little bounce to try to continue to make this playoff push. Ultimately, letting him walk last year is probably what put them in this position of scrambling now. Similar Posts: Eagles finally get big wide receiver, but will he make the cut? The Sixers have a clear path to take, let Bynum walk with no offer So as Jimmy Rollins goes will the Phillies go Eagles odds and ends: the Superbowl, Foles, Vick, patience? Phillies Odds and Ends: Revere, Brown, starting pitching
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