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by Paul on 07/25/12 at 10:29 AM ET
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
This summer, Holmgren’s message has been consistent and stern with his young players. They’ve held off shipping any of them to other markets thus far — including deals for Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan.
That’s why it needs to continue to remain consistent in the remaining weeks of the summer, to avoid overcompensating to fill holes while still making a splash. After Weber, no defensive commodities even remotely size up. Right now, that is the Flyers’ biggest weakness. They have no replacement for Matt Carle or Chris Pronger — and an aging Kimmo Timonen has just 1 year left in the tank.
They could also use a first-line right winger to skate with Claude Giroux. That’s where 35-year-old Shane Doan could come in, though that is likely to involve a bidding war with a handful of other teams. If Doan is going to leave Phoenix for Philadelphia, it needs to be at the right price.
As currently assembled, the Flyers are not as strong as the team that skated off the ice against New Jersey. Unlike Nashville, the Flyers do not need to convince their fans they are willing to do whatever it takes. The Flyers were even willing to risk alienating a huge swath of teams in the NHL with their bullying tactics in order to prove it.
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