As the summer comes to a close, we are able to get a better look at the Philadelphia Flyers’ roster for the upcoming 2012-2013 season.
That is of course, assuming they even have one.
This offseason was mediocre at best with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren missing out on defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. Both players would’ve been excellent additions to an ailing defense lacking depth, thanks to the departure of Matt Carle.
Forward James van Riemsdyk was also shipped out in a trade for the Toronto Maple Leafs Luke Schenn. Both players have failed to reach their potential in their respective organizations. Schenn is expected to get a boost from playing with his younger brother Brayden, who showed huge potential in the 54 games he played in last season.
Jaromir Jagr opted out of Philadelphia, instead signing with the Dallas Stars for a one-year deal worth $4.55 million after negotiations for Shea Weber stalled any potential offers to Jagr. Jagr’s skill, level of competition, and work ethic all proved invaluable to the Flyers players and its fans.
The Flyers picked up Ruslan Fedotenko from the New York Rangers, whose playoff experience will be crucial come April. Fedotenko has split the last four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, respectively. He is a veteran forward who has a lot of ice time in the spring and can help lead the budding group of sophomores through the playoffs.
Bruno Gervais of the Tampa Bay Lighting was signed to a two year deal worth $1.65 million and will help round out the Flyers Defense.
Barring any last minute deals by Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, NHL writer Corey Masisak gives his prediction of the Flyers starting lineup.
Scott Hartnell Claude Giroux Jakub Voracek
Wayne Simmonds Brayden Schenn Danny Briere
Ruslan Fedotenko Sean Couturier Matt Read
Eric Wellwood Maxime Talbot Zac Rinaldo
Kimmo Timonen Nicklas Grossmann
Braydon Coburn Luke Schenn
Erik Gustafsson Bruno Gervais
These lines seem reasonable and shouldn’t be that much different come game time, unless Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette wants to shake things up.