By Jenny Masters

As the Flyers try to make sense of their awful 2020-21 fall into the NHL’s black hole, big changes are going to have to be made.

Sorry, Dave Scott, the big boss who claimed just the opposite last week.

Trades are the only way to up the talent level, which is always overrated by the lame-ass local media.

And that brings us to Shayne Gostisbehere, the most overrated of them all.

Here’s what Dave Newby of The Hockey Writers thinks:

The need for salary cap flexibility might ultimately be the deciding factor in the decision to end Gostisbehere’s eventful tenure in Philadelphia.

GM Chuck Fletcher will be looking to acquire a top-pair defenseman to play with Ivan Provorov as the team’s primary need, and he will have to decide if a 28-year-old power-play specialist who won’t play top pair minutes is expendable in a greater effort to restructure the entire unit.

Gostisbehere, who is under contract at $4.5 million AAV for the next two seasons, could be left unprotected in the Seattle expansion draft in efforts to clear salary space and allow for a major acquisition.

The collective uncertainty surrounding the status of the Flyers is exemplified by Gostisbehere’s situation.

While his late-season improvement certainly increased his chances to remain in Philadelphia, losing the once highly touted young star might have to be an accepted risk in the Flyers’ efforts to revamp a defensive corps that significantly hindered their success in 2020-21.