Sam Carchidi: Bold summer makeover should revive Flyers

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Hockey

For better or worse, Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher last week threw away draft picks like people tossing rice at newlyweds as they leave the church.

Here a first-rounder, there a second-rounder.

Here a second-rounder, there a seventh-rounder.

Some of the draft picks may turn out to be solid NHL players, or better. Others may never make it to the Big Show, or never make much of an impact.

Fletcher, in a departure from his predecessor -- Ron Hextall loved to stockpile extra drafts picks -- had his own bold plan, one that included the following principles:

1. Win now, baby.


2. Change the team’s culture.

3. Get some new leaders into a locker room that had grown stale.

And, so, he became the NHL’s most active general manger over the last week, acquiring a scorer with an in-your-face mentality in Cam Atkinson, and defensemen Ryan Ellis and Rasmus Ristolainen, veterans who play with an edge.

Good for Fletcher.


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