Flyers head coach Craig Berube sat down to talk to Steve Coates today and touched on a number of different subjects including R.J. Umberger, replacing Scott Hartnell and his philosophy on keeping linemates together.
One of the particularly interesting topics included what the Flyers will be doing on the right wing. The Flyers obviously have two solid right wingers in Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds but after that it gets a little murky. The team expressed interest this weekend in free agent right winger Kevin Hayes but there is nothing new on that front.
Berube said the Flyers goal on the right side is to find someone who can fit in alongside Sean Couturier and Matt Read, who Berube said will be playing together this season.
"We're going to be looking for a right winger to play with Couturier and Read," Berube said. "Being that Read and Couturier have been together for awhile, I like those combinations like that. R.J. Umberger's a guy who can play the right side, left side, center. He's a very versatile guy. So is Michael Raffl.
"So one of those two guys is going to find their spot there, probably. Or we'll see how cap goes with young guys. It's nice to have that versatility with some of our players."
If Berube pairs Umberger with Read and Couturier that would form the Flyers complete shutdown line and would have to be considered one of the best defensive lines on any team in hockey. Raffl has potential in that role too so it doesn't sound like Berube can go wrong with either of the two players he is considering.
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