My joy when I woke up this morning to the news of Cole Hamels signing his extension with Phils, was overshadowed by my sheer depression of the Nashville Predators matching the Flyers' offer sheet to Shea Weber. I'm sure I was not alone among Flyers Faithful that were salivating at the very notion of landing arguably the best defenseman in the NHL.
He could have been the missing cog on a defensive corps that ranks 2nd in payroll and 20th in goals against. He could have been the answer to the Rangers' recent acquisition of some guy from the Blue Jackets. He could have finally been the replacement to Chris Pronger we've all been waiting for. He could have been the final piece the Flyers needed to go from Stanley Cup contenders to Stanley Cup Champions.
So what now? Clearly a move has to be made, unless you consider Bruno Gervais as the answer (Max Talbot does). But since no one is naive enough to believe that, our attention is turned to trades, UFA's, and RFA's. As Travis pointed out in his recent article, the chances of finding a gem in the UFA crop are about as good as my chances of playing on a line with Giroux and Hartnell. Trades aren't a half bad option, and my guess is that Holmgren is scheming something as we speak.
But in the event he's not looking for a trade right now, and is looking at the RFA pool, I really hope he's seriously considering PK Subban.
If you look at his statistics from last season, you would think he might have regressed a bit, especially if you're looking at his goals output which was chopped in half. on the plus-side, he did improve to a plus 9 (as opposed to his -8 the season before) and had a slight improvement in assists.
Away from the stats, Subban is a 23 year old with great puck-moving ability, huge upside, and incredible work ethic. All three things the Flyers covet. Not kicking the tires on Subban's value, whether through an offer sheet, or trade talks with Montreal, would be a vast oversight.
Personally, I'd love to see the Flyers snag Subban, even though it may cost them a little bit more than his current worth.
What do you think?