Revisiting the “perfect offseason” concept for the Flyers: What they’ve done, why they did it, and what they still must do

It turns out that Chuck Fletcher and the Philadelphia Flyers really weren’t kidding when they said that they wanted to have an eventful offseason.

Over the course of eight days, Fletcher has embarked upon a massive restructuring of his roster, shipping out Philippe Myers, Nolan Patrick, Shayne Gostisbehere and Jakub Voracek, and replacing them with Ryan Ellis, Rasmus Ristolainen and Cam Atkinson. Oh, and the opening bell of unrestricted free agency isn’t even due to ring for another two days.

Fletcher might not be finished.

Back in late June, I penned an article laying out 10 steps for the Flyers to have the perfect offseason — a summer that would see them address every key roster hole and position the team for long-term success. Of course, by using the word “perfect,” there was an inherent acknowledgment that much of the content was a bit “pie-in-the-sky”. A lot was going to have to break the Flyers’ way for even half of the 10 steps to be met.


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