Orange & Black Breakdown
by Marc Siciliano on 11/07/11 at 01:32 PM ET
Fresh off a dominating win over the Columbus Blue Jackets that practically sent their coach packing, the Flyers are seemingly in line to get a huge boost on the blue line. Eric Wellwood has been sent back to the Phantoms, leaving a roster spot wide open for a certain game changer from the back end.
-@RandyJMiller on twitter
As Randy Miller Speculated on twitter above, this move seems to be in order to make room for Chris Pronger. It comes at a perfect time, as the Flyers back end has really struggled in the past few games. It has a good effort to build off of versus a vastly inferior opponent in Columbus, but Pronger should give the Flyers defense a chance to settle down.
With Pronger on the ice, every other player shifts down a notch in responsibility. From there, additional support from the secondary guys becomes an added bonus. Suddenly, one of Meszaros / Carle / Coburn becomes your 5th defenseman, leaving you with a potential 3rd defensive pair of Gustafsson and Meszaros. Not bad right?
If those guys can contribute, it takes pressure of a hypothetical 2nd pairing of Timonen and Coburn as well as the remaining top pair of Pronger and Carle. Everyone can equally distribute the ice time and gritty minutes. The team can roll on all cylinders knowing there is support from the defense at all times.
This doesn’t even take into account the psychological impact a guy like Pronger can bring to the ice for both teammates and the opposition. Imagine how much more comfortable this will make Bryz feel - he’s got his buddy back! Simply put, having Pronger back makes the world go round again on the back end.
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