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5 Centers, But Only 4 Lines

When the season ended I was confident that the Flyers would trade either Briere or Carter given Briere's performance in the playoffs.  If there was any doubt regarding his skills, I believe they were alleviated given that he led the NHL in playoff scoring.  He scored a number of clutch goals and his line was nothing short of dominate in the finals.  In fact, if not for that line, it would have been a sweep.  However, he of course accumulated those points while playing center which was only possible because of Carter's injuries.  Of course, when Carter returned, his play at the wing left a lot to be desired and it appeared clear that he needs to be at center.  When factoring in the fact that Richards, Giroux, and Betts are the other three established centers (and none of them appear to be as effective at wing), I figured that either Briere or Carter had to go.  Apparently I was wrong since Gagne is now on Tampa, we have 8 NHL level d-men, and Leighton is still our starter. 

I know some people are saying that there may be another domino to fall, and I guess things would look better if Homer is able to acquire Turco.  I think he would be an idea fit with a two year contract given that he's been an above average goalie his entire career and would presumably be highly motivated to finally get his name on the cup.  However, and back to my original thought, I'm now wondering which natural center will be forced to once again play wing.  If it isn't clear that both Briere and Carter are FAR more effective at center than wing, it never will be.  Given how much they are paying both of these guys next year (and probably even more the following year when Carter presumably gets a new deal), something has to give.  

 

What does everyone think? Am I missing something here?

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