The 2013-14 Philadelphia Flyers‘ season came and went in what virtually seemed like the blink of an eye. Through all the excitement, disappointment and unpredictability, life after hockey is now the theme for many of the Flyers’ players. There’s plenty of holes to fill and mistakes that need to be fixed up and down the board this offseason. With the NHL draft approaching, as well as the opening of the free-agent market, things will have to be done to make sure the Flyers are in the best shape they can be for those events and next season. So, what’s on the agenda?
For starters, Paul Holmgren could be on his way out as general manager. According to philly.com‘s Brian McCardle, A number of NHL sources believe Holmgren will step down and go back to scouting, a position he holds near and dear to his heart. Should the rumors be true, Ron Hextall, who was hired last summer as an assistant GM, is expected to be the guy who gets called up to fill Holmgren’s duties. Hextall heped the Los Angeles Kings win a Stanley Cup back in 2012.
Another issue that needs to be addressed is the speed of the offense. For the most part, it was solid, but against the faster teams in the league, you could clearly see the Flyers were lacking that much-needed quickness up front. There will be plenty of affordable fresh legs in the market this offseason, not to mention some serious competition going on at camp. It’s something they’re going to want to take a look at nonetheless.
The one issue that everyone, and I mean everyone, is talking about, is the defense. Trust me, it’s a serious issue. With the majority of the talks surrounding a trade for Shea Weber, in the end, it’s probably only going to be a simple case of wishful thinking. However, there is a ton of guys hitting the free-agent market this offseason, so the Flyers will have plenty to choose from; guys like Matt Niskanen, P.K. Subban and Justin Schultz, just to name a few.
There is plenty of secondary issues that should be addressed during the offseason, but for now, these three things are the primary focus. If addressed properly, it’s safe to say we’ll see a much more consistent Flyers squad next season.