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Defensive Strategies

Yesterday when I sat down to talk with Jake & Adam on the Broad Street Buzz radio show, we talked about the next step for the Flyers. One of those steps we all agreed on was re-signing young Czech forward Jakub Voracek. Then news broke  just recently this morning that the Flyers have signed Voracek for the next 4 years to a $17 Million contract.  When we spoke we were thinking he would get a little more than this, but for the young star this is a still a pretty decent deal. You can read Jake’s take on it as the story broke earlier.

The deal has since been confirmed, which is something I believe the Flyers needed to do. Signing Voracek was the right move, so that he can replace Jagr on the Hartnell Giroux line.  Voracek has proven himself already with a career high in goals (18).  This move is great for the organization, and after it the Flyers still have $3.55 Million left in the cap space if they plan on making any other moves prior to the season start.

As a stanch goaltender defender, I’m keen on trying for another defensemen, if only to get a bigger body to protect the blue line. However, after losing out on Weber, the Flyers options are pretty slim. Of the names we were talking about last night, I think Yandle might be a good pick. My only concern with Yandle is that his turnover is worse than Matt Carle‘s so the Flyers might just want to stick with what they have right now.  Although, we do have Luke Schenn whose turnover has been higher than Carle as well. I have taken into consideration the differences between the Maple Leafs and the Flyers system, so I’m hopeful that Schenn will bring in that bigger body that the team needs, and Flyers will probably be able to develop him with their system as a better defensemen.

We also can’t forget the defensemen the team already has and the up comers like the Black Aces. The Flyers is definitely a young oriented team and last season we saw why this was good through the works of Brayden Schenn, Matt Read and Sean Couturier. From the Black Aces we’ve seen defensemen Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen play a few games with the Flyers to fill in for injuries. If they continue to develop and show their determination to make the Flyers roster, I think they could do well for the defensive line.

If the Flyers do nothing more in this off-season period, I think they are going to need to develop the defensive system better. I do believe we have some heavy hitters and decent defensemen, the organization just needs to find a way to fix the problem that has always plaqued the flyers. They don’t need more goal scorers, they know how to score, they need to protect the crease better and block opponents shots before they go down the slot.

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Tags: Brandon Manning Jakub Voracek Keith Yandle Luke Schenn Matt Carle Oliver Lauridsen

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