Top 5 UFAs The Philadelphia Flyers Need To Sign
The Philadelphia Flyers are no stranger to off-season acquisitions, but this year is all about fixing issues. Before being a playoff contender, the Flyers are going to have to get tougher on defense, deeper down the middle, and cheaper across the board. Luckily, the NHL has quite a few quality free agents available next year, with many potential teammates for Claude Giroux and company. Some of the superstars may not come cheap, but some may be convinced to play for a little less if it guarantees top minutes on any given night.
While some of these players are going to fetch a pretty penny, the much-needed “summer roster shedding” will determine how much cash the team has to spend. With one or two buyouts on the way, expect the Flyers to make the needed moves to nab one of these free-agent studs. Whether or not they can land these five players or if they are even interested in playing in Philadelphia remains to be seen, but expect GM Paul Holmgren to give his best sales pitch.
The one position the Flyers won’t be shopping for is goalie, as the double-headed monster of Ilya Bryzgalov and Steve Mason should be enough to steal enough wins to land in the top eight. A healthy and tough defense will get the stress of off the netminders’ backs, allowing the team more time in the offensive zone. But leave it to Philly to do something silly that creates a ton of media controversy before the season even starts, so never say never when it comes to goaltending.
No, this is not a joke. The young breakout stars of the Flyers had some of their best seasons under the tutelage of the Czech legend. His ability to play in just about any system and his devotion from the Flyers fans would be a good enough reason to see him back in the Orange and Black.
It would be a double bonus to get this tough defenseman, as it would show the league that the team is serious about its chances and it would make New York Islanders fans hate the Flyers even more.
This guy is due for a payday after having a career year with the New Jersey Devils. If they can somehow find a way to clear the cap for this young winger, the Flyers are in for some excellent seasons.
This all depends on how deep the Washington Capitals go in the playoffs, but if Ribeiro is willing to play second line minutes and develop some of the Flyers players, he will find plenty of success and power play time in Philly.