Paul Holmgren had made changes to his roster this off-season. Many rumors are swirling that we should also expect more from the Flyers' General Manager. But are all these moves really making the Flyers a better team, or is the GM breaking up a team that was 2 wins away from the Stanley Cup. So
So far this off-season, the Flyers have made 3 aquistions minimal aquisitions, and have parted with three players who were on the roster in their during their playoff run.
So it's obvious that Paul Holmgren upgraded his defense in a big way. Meszaros is a guy that is very capable of playing top four minutes (even though he'll probably be playing on the third pairing), and O'Donnell is a veteran guy with a lot of grit and is able to give you a solid 12-15 minutes a game. These two are a lot more reliable than Parent and Krajicek. On the other hand, I believe that Asham is a much better player than Shelley. He has great offensive skills, can provide toughness and would probably be about a 300k cheaper. But I think that Shelley can help this team with his ability to intimidate and his large amount of toughness. I the article about giving Shelley a chance really made me think about how he will protect our stars from heavyweights like Colten Orr and no Derek Boogard in way like Carcillo and Laperriere maybe cannot.
So overall, I do believe the Flyers upgraded, but I have a bad feeling that they may make a bad trade in the near future, hence trading Simon Gagne. I say this not because I think Gags is better than guys like Richie and Carter, 'cause he's not, but the fact that he is our best winger, where we are weak on right now. I also say to upgrade the goaltending, and to upgrade it is not hard to do.