Trade Deadline Looms As Flyers Host Sabres
Larry DAngelo on Thu, 2012-02-16 11:41
After a four day lay-off, the Philadelphia Flyers will look to snap a two game losing streak at home tonight when they battle the Buffalo Sabres.
The Flyers have been on a downward slide since the start of the new year and have not played a complete team game since before the holiday season.
They are 3-4-3 in their last ten games and have lost five of their last six. With the trade deadline just eleven days away Flyers management has some tough decisions to make.
While the Flyers are rumored to be looking to go after a defenseman and possible forward for this year's play-off run, a lot of weight must be put into that thought before any move is made.
There has to be a point in the near future where the Flyers need to balance out there cap space. They are tied into some long term contracts with Chris Pronger and Ilya Bryzgalov, to name a couple.
When the Flyers traded Mike Richards and Jeff Carter it was to change the personality of the team and it just happened to be the last chance to trade those players before their no trade clauses kicked in.
Holmgren acquired young talent to replace them, something this team needs to start working in their everyday lineup. It is very important that this team be more balanced, not just in cap space but also talent.
That means a good mix of young talent, savvy veterans, muckers/griders, skilled players and players who wear their hearts on their sleeves. This season seemed to be the season thetransformation would take place.
Did the young guns on this team hit the proverbial wall? Has the starting goaltender been lost for the season? Has the team forgot how to play defense?
These questions are what has Paul Holmgren working his phone like a telemarketer looking for his next deal.
One thing is for sure with the Flyers organization, they will do anything for a chance to win, and when Paul Holmgren has the slightest bit of cap space he usually spends before it burns a hole in his pocket.
This is the third of four meetings between these two teams, the Flyers took the first two meetings in Buffalo.
Ville Leino back in Philly for the first time
Flyers are struggling on special teams, in their last six games they have allowed their opponents to score 9 times in 23 chances on the power play (28.1%).
They have failed to capitalize with the man advantage during that span as they were 2 for 26 (7.7%).
They Flyers have gone four straight games without a power play goal (0-13).
Two Flyers who are on a roll are Wayne Simmonds (5 goals last 7 games) and Brayden Schenn (6 goals last 9 games)
Key Flyers who continue to struggle to light the lamp; Danny Briere (no goals in last 11 games), Jaromir Jagr has 1 goal in his last 16 games, and Red hot Scott Hartnell has managed just one goal in his last 9 games .
Which would help explain why the Flyers were tied for fourth place in the Eastern conference at the beginning of the week.
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