By Tyler Ruby on August 15, 2014
The NHL season is only six weeks away. Can you believe it? With that being said, the Philadelphia Flyers are coming off of a good season, losing to the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. However, there are still many concerns about this team. Here are five questions that must be answered by October.
Vinny Lecavalier's contract is poison. Paul Holmgren left one last horrible contract for the Flyers to deal with, and Ron Hextall has been trying to move him all offseason to no avail. I have to wonder whether Lecavalier will be on the opening night roster for the Flyers.
Ron Hextall took over the general manager position in the offseason as Paul Holmgren was promoted. Hextall didn't make any free agent splashes, but he made some smaller moves and one shocking trade. Has he put the Flyers in a position to succeed this season? I guess we will find out.
Ron Hextall shocked Flyers fans everywhere when he traded fan-favorite Scott Hartnell to Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger. Hartnell was a power forward on Claude Giroux's top line, so who will replace him? He was on the decline for the past couple of years, but he was still an effective player on the power play. How will Giroux adjust?
Wayne Simmonds had a career year last season, and I fully expect him to move up onto the top line with Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek. The only question I have with him is if can succeed with increased expectations. If he does, then he will become one of the very best power forwards in the NHL.
The Flyers were hit with some hard news last week when Kimmo Timonen had to go back to Finland to deal with blood clots in his leg and lungs. For years, Timonen has been the most reliable defenseman on the team, and now with his future up in the air, who will take his spot? Will they be forced to bring up Shayne Gostisbehere earlier than they thought? It's a huge question mark for the Flyers.
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