Flyers and the Goalie

Marty Biron

Marty Biron

We’ve mentioned a few times, here at PhilaTude, that the Flyers goalie situation never seems to be settled.  Most members of the media, as well as the Flyers front office consistently agree.  In fact, heading into next season, the Flyers don’t have a NHL caliber goalie under contract, nor do they have any semblance of a stable of young goalies in the system to be groomed to play in the NHL.

For a great analysis of the Flyers goaltending history and issues, read Tim Panaccio’s 3-part series at CSNphilly.com.

My take is the following:

1)       It’s time to focus on the future of the position.  Either acquire via trade or free agency a young net minder that can be developed or draft an excellent goaltending prospect.  Both of these options are easier said than done, however, they need to try.

2)       Resign Marty Biron for two more years.  Let him hold down the spot until we can develop a young goalie.

3)       Focus on defense first.  A strong blue line of defenders always makes the goalie better.  In fact, I would be satisfied if only Timonen and Parent returned from last year’s team.  Alberts, Jones, Carle and Coburn can all go.  Trading Carle could net some serious cap space and moving Coburn should net a significant goalie prospect.

4)       Since going with Biron is the best option – make it clear he is the guy to him, the team and especially the public and media.

Of course, no one has to listen to PhilaTude, but we think it would be smart.

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