As the season is coming to a close, and hopefully the season continues so a cup can be rewarded, we have the opportunity to look ahead to what the Flyers should do in the 2020 offseason. Now that the Flyers could be only one step away from a Stanley Cup title, it’s interesting to see what Chuck Fletcher, the Flyers GM might do to improve the team. Let’s take a dive and see some of the moves the Flyers should make to continue success.
Contract Extensions: Now the Flyers have a couple of key guys who are worthy of a contract extension. One of those guys is Nolan
Patrick. He will be a restricted free agent after this season and is a must have for the Flyers. Even though he hasn’t played this year, he will get better soon and is a key part of Flyers future success. Nicolas Aube-Kubel is another player who’s shown a lot of improving this season. He’s a good player needing a contract extension. He’s a good player who could do a lot of damage in the mid lineup next year. One more player is Phil Myers. Phil is also a restricted free agent after the season who needs an extension. He’s going to be a top line d-man in the future and he’s already showing good signs. Some other players needing to be resigned are Braun, Hang, Lindblom, and Pitlick. Players like Brian Elliott, Chris Stewart, Alex Lyon and Derek Grant are players who will be interesting to watch because the Flyers have to decide whether to peruse locking up those players. But those couple of guys I mentioned before are some must resigns.
Big Splash via Trade or Signing: Like I said earlier, the Flyers might be only one step away from holding the cup above their heads, so a big splash from Fletcher aught to do the trick and put the Flyers in the right spot. One player worth taking a look at is winger, Johnny Gaudreau. This trade buzz with Gaudreau and the Flyers has been going on for a little bit but I think it’s the right time for Fletcher to pull the trigger. The all-star forward would put the Flyers ahead of their competition and it would be nice to bring Johnny Hockey home. Now some signings could help the Flyers too. Some big names who will be free agents after this season include, Roman Josi, Taylor Hall, Torey Krug, and Tyson Barrie. It’s a bit of a long shot to get some of those guys but you never know, it might happen. Other smaller names the Flyers have better odds at include, Travis Hamonic, Dylan Demelo, Christopher Tanev and Derick Brassard. Adding any of those guys to the lineup would definitely be exciting.
The Flyers are a very exciting team with a good core and a strong future. But if the Flyers want to be a contender next year, they’ll have some work in the offseason to do in order to get there.