Philadelphia Flyers Would Be Smart To Give Marc-Andre Bourdon One Last Shot

By Steven Smith
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When the final seconds ticked away in Game 7 of the Philadelphia Flyers‘ Quarterfinal matchup with the New York Rangers, it was not disappointment that immediately settled in; it was uncertainty.

With the future of Kimmo Timonen already on edge, Erik Gustafsson added to the nervousness weighing in on the minds of Flyers fans everywhere. In dire need of some solid, at the least, defensive help, the Flyers’ options are sitting at a stand still. There is plenty they can do, but there is also plenty that may be too big of a risk. One option however, lies in the hands of one of the most overlooked prospects Philadelphia possesses, Marc-Andre Bourdon.

Bourdon, 24, is frequently overlooked due to his sketchy past involving post-concussion symptoms. It looked like the Quebec native was on his way to reviving his career this past season, but re-occurring symptoms forced him to wave the white flag once again on Feb. 22.

With all the sudden skepticism involving the defense however, it raises a valid question: should the orange and black take one last stab at Bourdon?

It might be in their best interest to do so. During the 2011-12 campaign, Bourdon played in 45 games posting seven points, a plus/minus of plus-4 and 52 penalty minutes. He was just a 22-year-old rookie at that time. Not bad, right? Well, in case you are not convinced enough from his playing numbers, take a look at his salary numbers.

Bourdon is scheduled to become a free agent this July. However, the Flyers have never paid Bourdon more than $762,500 in the two contracts he has signed. No offense to him, but he really cannot argue for much more than that.

If the Flyers can find a way to re-sign him, it could be a low risk, high reward kind of situation. That is a big “if”, though.

Look, I know just as well as anyone else that the Flyers are strapped to their teeth for cash, but it is a very favorable situation. It is something that they would have to keep in the front of their minds and would have to act quickly on. I am not saying that should base their entire offseason plan on Bourdon; that is probably the dumbest thing they could do, but if the pieces fall into place and they have a little extra cash laying around, it could be a smart investment.

Steven Smith is a Philadelphia Flyers writer for  Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google.

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