IF the Flyers window starts in 2 years, then the Flyers will need:
Another dynamic top 6 player that can drive plays, create their own chances and make the opponent focus on multiple players. All the Pens had to do was shut down the Flyers first line and it was lights out. The Flyers will need someone at Giroux's level or above. Tavares instantly makes the Flyers top 6 one of the best in the league.
(Think Kane/Toews/Hossa, Crosby/Malkin/Kessel, Kopitar/Carter/Williams)
Couturier asks for a bigger offensive role and then proceeds to put up 30 goals and 70 points...how do we reward him? By putting him back down onto the 3rd line the following season.
We do that and Couturier likely asks for a trade out of Philly IMO
I actually don't agree that the islanders forwards are the dumpster fire people are claiming. Whatever his production has been in Long Island, you can expect as much as similar here. You can hope for 3-5 years barring injury before we have a thread a night on this very board complaining about his contract and/or creative ways to ditch it. That, and heaping portions of "I'll drive him to the airport myself" posts.
And still not have had a cup and our window closed because we didn
I don't want Tavares. Don't get me wrong, I like Tavares and he's a great player, but he's not what the Flyers need. The Flyers need a legitimate 3rd line center, a right shooting right side defenseman and a goaltender who can split the duties with Elliott while Hart is being groomed. That should be the focus right now.