Some would say that the Philadelphia Flyers are the deepest team in the NHL. You won’t get much arguement from this writer. Looking at the Flyers’ top three lines it is hard to find any holes. It’s even hard to give these lines a number, any of these lines could be number one.
The Flyers have eight players with 10 or more goals, and are one Andreas Nodl goal away from having nine. Six players have at least 15 goals. Looking at these numbers it’s hard to believe that the Flyers would make any changes. Question is, could they benifit from making a chang? Sure, they could use a veteran winger to play in Nodl’s spot on the top line. You could also make the case for adding a Ian Laperrier type winger to play with Blair Betts and Darroll Powe in a checking line role.
These moves could be made, but at what cost? Are you sure you want to mess with chemistry? Do the Flyers have the pieces to move in order to make these deals?
In my oppinion the Flyers should and most likely will, do nothing on deadline day. Unless of course, there is another Ville Leino type of deal out there. With about 33 games left to play and being in first place there would have to be a juicy deal out there for Holmgren to bite.
While Holmgren will never rule out the possibility of making his team better, I don’t believe that he is in a hurry to make a move. There has been rumblings from the fan-base that the Flyers should trade Nikolay Zherdev. If you take a look at his numbers you can quickly change your mind about that deal. In 42 games played, Zherdev has compiled 15 goals and 4 assists for 19 points. There is no denying that when Zherdev is on the ice, he is another scoring threat.
With limited cap space and the risk of ruining chemistry, it’s difficult to see a move on the horizon. Philadelphia also leads the league in Goals scored, with 169. The depth of their first three lines makes them hard to match up with, even on the road where the home team gets last line change. Most teams don’t have three solid lines to play against the Flyers’ combinations. This gives the Flyers three scoring lines and reserves the fourth line to generate energy with fights and big hits.
Looking at the Flyers’ plus/minus numbers, there is only one player who has played every game and is a minus, Darroll Powe is a -1. On the other end of that stat Andrej Meszaros is a league leading +29. While this stat is sometimes given some heat for not being the most dependable, it does show you that the Flyers score alot more goals then are scored against them. With only Powe being the only minus player, it shows that no matter what line is on the ice 1-4, you’re going to have a hard time scoring against them.
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