By Troy Weller on April 17, 2014
Even as the playoffs near for the Philadelphia Flyers, it's never too early to take a look at who might not be with the team in 2014. The organization has spent some money in the past few months on contract extensions for several players, but some unsigned contributors still remain. Here are five Flyers who won't be back with the team next season.
Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn is still a promising young player, but he could become trade bait for a premier defenseman this offseason. His inability to play wing hinders his value for a team loaded with centers, and the fact that he has yet to deserve a contract extension should speak to how the Flyers view his future with the team.
When goaltender Ray Emery signed with the Philadelphia Flyers last offseason, he did so in an attempt to catch on as the team's starter. However, Emery started roughly a quarter of the games this year, and Steve Mason looks primed to be the Flyers' future netminder. Emery will probably look for work elsewhere when the season is over.
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has spent the last seven years as the anchor of the team's defense, but his career is likely approaching its end. He's 39 years old, and has hinted at retirement for quite some time. Timonen's contract expires after the season, so he might decide to finally call it quits.
Hal Gill has been healthy all year, but the defenseman has suited up for only six games as a Philadelphia Flyers player this season. Gill, who just recently turned 39, will see his contract expire at season's end, and the Flyers probably won't retain him. Like Timonen, Gill may also decide to hang up his skates.
The Philadelphia Flyers traded for winger Steve Downie back in October, with the hopes that his addition would add more of an offensive punch to the team. That hasn't happened, as Downie has registered only 17 points in 51 games this season. He's a free agent at the end of the year, and the Flyers can easily upgrade from him.
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