- E.J. Hradek, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
Using the VUKOTA projection system of Puck Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, starting with the Philadelphia Flyers. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Summer Skate -- Philadelphia Flyers
With a hodgepodge of largely puzzling trades, signings and re-signings, general manager Paul Holmgren has certainly put his stamp on this season's Philadelphia Flyers, last season's runners-up. For instance, gone is popular and long-tenured winger Simon Gagne, essentially making cap room for Tampa Bay's disappointing third pairing defenseman Andrej Meszaros. On the other hand, Holmgren didn't see fit to upgrade the goaltending tandem of Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher, while finding the cash to sign aging tough guy Jody Shelley to a three-year deal.
After a strange offseason in Philadelphia, Puck Prospectus evaluates one rising Flyer and another expected to slip in 2010-11. E.J. Hradek provides a name fans will need to know for the coming campaign.