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January 18, 2006 - Flyers Could Add Veteran Depth

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Flyers Could Add Veteran Depth

  Flyers captain Keith Primeau has been limited to only nine games this season because of a head injury. (AP)

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The way the Flyers have played through the first half of this season makes some fans wonder why there should be any talk of a meaningful trade before the March 9 trade deadline.

The reasons are not that the club is underpowered, but because the situation with captain Keith Primeau is still undetermined, and the team needs a guarantee of some scoring balance. The fact that the Flyers have played so well without Primeau is a huge plus – however, his absence has to be felt.

If Primeau is indeed down for the season, the Flyers will certainly have to address some balance up front. The Flyers need more balanced scoring after the first line of Peter Forsberg, Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble.

Nobody questions that rookies Mike Richards and Jeff Carter will be good players for a long time, but any player can hit a wall the first time through an 82-game season and into the playoffs.

That is why there are so many rumors about Mark Recchi coming back to Philly – which is not realistic. The other suggestion is that the team might make a deal to get Doug Weight from the St. Louis Blues, which is realistic.

Remember, Primeau was a horse for the Flyers in their last playoff season, and if he is unable to compete, there will have to be an addition of a veteran player with some pedigree. Thus far, the Flyers have been among the NHL’s better teams at managing the cap, and the ability to acquire players at the deadline will be a bonus for doing a fiscally sound job.