It is no secret that the Flyers are shopping for one more proven forward before the 2009-10 season. But what that piece will be is still to be determined.
The debate rages as to what position the Flyers need to fill more, face off specialist or scoring winger. Depending on projected line combinations, an argument can be made for both. And according to Director of Player Development Don Luce, the team is simply looking for the best player available.
“I wouldn’t value one (position) over the other,” Luce said. “They both bring value if you can get the right guy at either position. We have to target who is available.”
According to Flyers’ writer Chuck Gormley, during Monday’s press conference for defenseman Chris Pronger, Pronger’s agent Pat Morris stated he was meeting with Flyers’ General Manager Paul Holmgren over one of his unsigned clients.
“Agent Pat Morris told me he would be discussing with Paul Holmgren a possible contract offer for one of his free-agent clients.”
Among Morris’ unsigned clients is Jason Williams, Mike Sillinger, Chris Gratton, Todd Bertuzzi and Maxim Afinogenov.
Gratton and Sillinger could fill the Flyers’ need for defensive third-line face off specialist, but Bertuzzi, Afinogenov and Williams could fill the Flyers’ other possible need of scoring winger. Either way, expect a decision soon.