Says the Last Word on Hockey:
With a disappointing regular season behind them, the Flyers entered the 2019 offseason in a tough position.
They are not built to compete, but cannot enter a full rebuild.
The contracts of high-quality middle-aged players force them to compete now.
Facing the difficult task, general manager Chuck Fletcher retooled the Flyers lineup. However, these adjustments represented a mixed bag.
The acquisition of Kevin Hayes proved positive, but is it worth the salary?
Can Justin Braun and Matt Niskanen contribute more than what the Flyers already employed?
The Flyers also have yet to re-sign their talent. Important pieces like defenceman Ivan Provorov and forward Travis Konecny remain unsigned.
Past the roster, the Flyers assembled a new bench staff that includes Alain Vigneault, Mike Yeo, and Michel Therrien. The 2019 offseason presented a fork in the road for the Flyers and although they were active, more questions remain than answers: