Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/13/15 at 09:17 AM ET
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
This is no dis of Giroux. It's the opposite. He plays his guts out on most nights, is good in the room, and is a prime-time talent who - unfortunately for him and us - is in his prime years right now. His size, his injury history already, suggests strongly that his value will never be higher.
Ask yourself this: If your fantasy team looked as the Flyers do now and you were building for a big payoff down the road, would you not see what you could get for him in future talent?
Well, that's the Flyers' current dilemma. Or it should be. The more you watch the cast assembled around him play, the more delusional it seems to believe that they are a better team than the last two seasons would indicate. They are saddled with lopsided contracts; their lack of secondary scoring has existed too long now to suggest there is more talent there than the numbers indicate. As Luke Schenn said during a between-period interview the other night, "We're not in a position to take any team lightly."
Nor will they be, with this cast, for the foreseeable future. And so, if the goal is truly to build this team through the draft, and that draft has produced far more talent on the back end than the front, doesn't it make sense to see whether you can even that up by dealing your most valuable piece?
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