Poll: Will Gagne’s Return Benefit the Flyers in the Long Run?

To the surprise and happiness of many a Flyers fan, the team acquired former player Simon Gagne from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. Gagne spent ten years with the Flyers before being traded to Tampa Bay in the summer of 2010. After one season with the Lightning, he signed with the Los Angeles Kings and won his first Stanley Cup with them this past season. Gagne brings skill, scoring ability, and a veteran presence to the team, and his return marked a strong win for the Flyers over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. But from this point forward, …

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Poll: With the trade deadline less than six weeks away, what is the Flyers’ biggest need?

You could argue that the Flyers have a number of needs as the team currently stands. They could use a scoring winger for the top six–if not, the top line–especially with Read’s injury. Erik Gustafsson has the potential to help, but a puck-moving defenseman would be nice. I’m sure some people out there still want a goaltender, if only a backup. Outside of Giroux, the Flyers are pretty dreadful on faceoffs. I, for one, am not a fan of either Talbot or Fedetenko playing the fourth-line center spot, so that could be a need as well. With the trade deadline less …

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Poll: Which former Flyer is the most missed right now?

Heading into this past offseason, the Flyers two biggest free agents were Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle. While they had discussions with both, the pursuit of Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, and Shea Weber at various times all contributed to the two ultimately accepting attractive deals with the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning respectively. Additionally, James Van Riemsdyk was shipped to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Luke Schenn in an attempt to strengthen the blue line. After 11 games, you can make the case that the Flyers could really use all three of these players; but which is …

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