Nearing The Break, Many Questions Still Loom For Philadelphia Flyers

By Steven Smith
Kelley L. Cox -USATODAY Sports

This season has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride for the Philadelphia Flyers thus far. Let’s take a look back at some of the more questionable decisions already made so far this season, shall we?

Back in July, Philadelphia gave forward, Vincent Lecavalier a $22.5 million, five-year contract.  It wasn’t the actual signing of Lecavalier that left people utterly confused but the numbers that caused the frenzy. $4.5 million a year for a guy who’s no spring chicken seemed to be a bit much, especially for a guy who hasn’t played a full season since 2009-10.

Next there was the firing of former head coach, Peter Laviolette. A fan favorite in Philly, Lavy was fired just three games into the season. Many were left with feelings of sympathy towards Laviolette, feeling as if he wasn’t responsible for the slow start and that he wasn’t given enough time to fix the problem. After all, Lavy did win a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and helped propel the Flyers to an Eastern Conference championship in 2010, the team’s first since the 1997 season.

A heap of settlements have followed those events since. Unfortunately, the front office members and players have continued to put themselves in predicaments that will force more perplexing decisions. So with that being said, what are some of the decisions that have yet to be made?

For starters, it’s still uncertain where Lecavalier and and fellow forward Michael Raffl have a place on the roster. We know they’ll be on the team, but head coach Craig Berube has been constantly shifting the two in an effort to find out where they fit best.

Next, the Mar. 5 trade deadline is approaching quickly, and with many holes in a depleted Philadelphia defense, the Flyers haven’t really made any serious notions that they’ll be looking to try and make a move, something that would probably be in their best interest.

On top of all that, Philadelphia still has to figure out the contract situations of quite a few players, another issue they have ignored up to this point.

Luckily the outcomes of these decisions haven’t completely bit the Flyers.  Then again, it’s still too early to tell whether they ultimately will or not.

Steven Smith is a Philadelphia Flyers writer for  Follow him on Twitter and “like” him on Facebook.  

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