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Flyers February Downfall

The Philadelphia Flyers are simply in a cold streak. 2-5 in their last 7 games during the month of February, they have dropped 8 points back of the division-leading Rangers. Some blame it on Goaltending, others blame it on chemistry and defense. The question is. do the orange and black need to make a move before the trade deadline (Feb. 27) or is it just a bump in the road? If the Flyers do intend to make a move, it will have to be within the next 14 days.

Gill could revitalize a struggling defensive unit.

Some options are to either trade for a goalie such as Evgeni Nabakov of the New York Islanders, or snag a defenseman such as Hal Gil of the Montreal Canadiens, or even Luke Schenn of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hal Gill is a towering 6’7″ beast, weighing in at 250 pounds, and is prime prospect on the Flyers radar. This is a necessity for a Flyers defensive unit that has struggled since the loss of veteran difference-maker Chris Pronger. If the Flyers look towards making the Stanley Cup Playoffs, this would be a spectacular trade in the process of getting there. Also, looking back on past the Cup champions, they have all maintained an above-average goaltender throughout the playoffs.

The Flyers have a 3 day break between the 4-3 loss to the Red Wings and a 7 PM showdown on Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres. They need the win on Thursday to pull out of their cold streak and get back to their winning ways. The Flyers will then go on to face the Cross-State rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday for a matinee game.

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