The Flyers have never been a team to shy away from a big name, a big contract or a big trade. In fact, former general manager and current team president Paul Holmgren's tenure as general manager was marked by his ability to be "in" on so many major moves involving his roster.
New general manager Ron Hextall might not be cut from the same mold.
After being eliminated in the first round by the New York Rangers, many expect the Flyers to head into the summer and make some splashes to improve the defense. Those expectations might need to be tempered. Hextall told Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer, "I don't anticipate anything real big. I like our team, like our youth up front. I like a lot of things. In saying that, there are a few things we have to take a peek at. But I'm not expecting anything earth-shattering right now."
Hextall's comments don't come as much of a surprise as the Flyers have a young forward group headlined by the likes of Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn and the new general manager said at his introductory press conference that he likes youth on his team.
One name to watch this summer is Vinny Lecavalier as he has a no-movement clause, a $4.5 million cap hit, does not mesh well with Schenn, plays a position of depth (center) for the Flyers and found himself in head coach Craig Berube's doghouse at the end of the season playing just 8:45 in the Game Seven loss to the Rangers including no shifts in the third period. The former No. 1 overall pick has been in trade rumors with a few teams including the Nashville Predators who hired former Flyers coach Peter Laviolette. Laviolette was a key player in the recruitment of Lecavalier to Philadelphia last summer.
The 34-year-old scored 20 goals and dished out 17 assists for 37 points in 69 games this season for the Flyers but only had one goal and one assist in the seven-game series against New York in the playoffs.
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