Philadelphia Flyers Off-Season Agenda

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Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (right) shakes hands with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (right) shakes hands with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

After a season in which the Philadelphia Flyers came out of the gate with the worst start in franchise history and finished the season by taking an underrated Rangers team to seven games, we sit here on May 1st with the off-season looming.

The Flyers will have the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and should be able to pick up a quality prospect. They also have reasonable cap space and much of their core locked up. This offseason is full of great possibilities.

However, it also has the potential to be awful. If the team drafts poorly, does not fix areas of need, and remains blind to the fact that this seasons squad was NOT a bonafide contender, we will all be in for a long summer.

So what should the Flyers agenda/priorities be this summer. Here are four steps I came up with.

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  • Allen Cuervo

    Great article David. Funny…concerning the few paragraphs that you wrote about the Flyers not being able to shake the Broad St. Bullies/size over speed/skill stuff…I remember distinctly thinking that same thing back in the 90s. I agree with your take on the off-season priorities. If I could tweak it just slightly, my top three priorities for the Flyers would be: (1) get a legit top pairing d-man; (2) get a legit top pairing d-man; and (3) get a legit top pairing d-man. :)