They have begun the year 1-7-0 and are currently the only team in the NHL that has not yet scored three or more goals in a game yet this season. They've been held to just one goal five times already this season.
The power play has been atrocious as they didn't scored a power play goal from the second game of the year until last night. The Flyers went 0-for-2 Tuesday night against the Vancouver Canucks to make them 0-for-17 on the power play in their five games leading up to Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh when they went 1-for-4 on the man-advantage. It didn't matter much as they are still just 3-for-33 on the season.
So what do they do? Make a move.
The Flyers making a major trade is not something out of the ordinary; heck, it's half-expected when a player is reportedly being shopped.
Right now, there is a sense of desperation around the team. They've already fired their coach and still haven't seen much of an improvement in the on-ice play. Could it be the players? Maybe but that's up to the Flyers front-office to make that decision.
Which brings us to general manager Paul Holmgren. Flyers chairman Ed Snider said in September that Holmgren and Laviolette were not on the hot seat. Well, Laviolette is already gone so what does that mean for Holmgren? His seat is likely heating up in a hurry.
There is no other way to turn for Holmgren except to bring in offensive help. The Flyers have fallen in love with the gritty, two-way players which is all fine and dandy but they need a couple snipers to create space on the ice.
Names are being thrown all around but the Flyers have largely been kept out of the conversation which is surprising to say the least.
That is until The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi speculated about the possibility of Buffalo Sabres captain Thomas Vanek joining the Flyers.
I wouldn't argue against adding Vanek. He is a proven scorer that has scored 20 or more goals in each of his eight seasons, including 20 goals in 38 games last year. He can score from just about anywhere on the ice and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. It isn't all perfect with Vanek as he turns 30 in January, carries a $7.14 million cap hit, and will become a free agent at the end of the season.
Buffalo is not off to a fast start either and might be looking to head towards rebuilding mode. If that's the case, Vanek might not fit in their plans. Any deal for Vanek would cost the Flyers some prospects and draft picks. But, in addition to that, they would have to clear cap space just to fit Vanek into their roster.
If they can maneuver that, Vanek on the Flyers would be fantastic. But the price, both with Buffalo and for a contract extension, must be right for the Flyers to make the move.
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