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A Trading Problem In Philadelphia

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Asking the Flyers to not get in on the action is like asking 95 percent of all hockey cards not to depreciate in value. It’s in their DNA. It’s what they do.

Unfortunately, evidence suggesting constant roster turnover isn’t the ideal way to construct a Stanley Cup-winning product continues to mount. But it looks as if we’re in for another summer of significant renovations in Flyers land. Given their more recent history of deals, that should be terribly unnerving news for their fans.

Don’t get me wrong – I’d take 30 owners like Flyers czar Ed Snider and his intense desire to win over some miserly financial bottom-line owner any day of the week. Some of the impetus for the addition of Streit (and likely another NHL blueliner such as pending UFA Ron Hainsey in the weeks to come) is justifiable; once Philadelphia lost star d-man Chris Pronger to the scourge of concussions, it set in motion a massive house-of-cards collapse on the back end (one exacerbated by the departure of Matt Carle).

However, as more than a few veteran NHL observers (most notably, former Flyers nemesis Bobby Holik) have said more than once, the consistent inconsistency of whom that franchise chooses to build around has a negative effect on the process. It’s tough to argue against that line of thought, particularly when you examine Philly’s success-to-failure ratio on the trade front in the past two off-seasons.

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