Philadelphia Flyers Have a Disappointing Offseason with the Loss of Weber

Ian BarryCorrespondent IIIJuly 30, 2012

May 8, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA;  Philadelphia Flyers players Philadelphia Flyers center Maxime Talbot (27), right wing Wayne Simmonds (17), center Brayden Schenn (10) and right wing Matt Read (24) sit on the bench after they lost to the New Jersey Devils in game five of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center. The Devils defeated the Flyers 3-1, to win the series 4 games to one. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia Flyers missed out on Shea Weber when the Nashville Predators matched the offer sheet to keep him. Losing out on Weber completely changes the results of the Flyers' offseason. 

Weber is such a dominant player that his arrival in Philadelphia would have completely changed the Flyers. Adding one of the top three defensemen in the league as a cornerstone would have transformed the Flyers questionable defense into one of the best in the league. 

The Flyers defense, in its current state, is a collection of very good pieces. If Weber had come to Philadelphia, he would have been a first line defenseman who could have helped the rest of the defensemen reach their full potential.

During an offseason, the goal of every team is to find ways to fill the needs or holes of their current roster. So far this offseason, the Flyers have gotten themselves further from filling their holes. 

The first loss of the offseason for the Flyers was Jaromir Jagr. Jagr was a great mentor for the younger players and had quality production on the Flyers' top line. The Flyers would have liked to bring him back but were not willing to match other teams’ offers for a player who physically wore down at the end of the season. 

The offseason continued with a trade that many fans had been suspecting ever since the trade deadline. Forward James Van Riemsdyk was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defensemen Luke Schenn. The trade made sense for both teams, who each traded away a top draft pick who never lived up to expectations. 

After an entire season having one of the top offences in the league, the Flyers needed to make sure they improved the defense in the offseason. 

Matt Carle was a free agent from the Flyers, who had been an extremely consistent defender, and was looking to get the money he felt he deserved. The Flyers let Carle slip away for a contract that was very reasonable for his talent level. 

With Carle gone, the Flyers went all in with their push for Shea Weber. Weber did agree to a massive offer sheet with the Flyers, but Nashville agreed to the largest contract in Predators history to keep their captain. 

The Flyers are currently sitting in a strange position. They were unable to bring any big name free agents to Philadelphia and have lost more than they have gained. 

The high powered Philadelphia offense has allowed two forwards to go, creating spots up front to fill. More importantly, the defense has seen the highly consistent and dependable Matt Carle leave and have only brought in Luke Schenn. 

Luke Schenn is a young defenseman who has huge amounts of potential, but has not yet proven himself to be an elite defender.

The Flyers chose to go after the big name Shea Weber instead of the safe move of keeping Matt Carle. With no Weber or Carle and only getting Luke Schenn to fill their defensive gaps, the Flyers did not do much to address their needs. 

Based on the team from last season, the Flyers still have a lineup that will be extremely competitive in the Eastern Conference. As long as the Flyers avoid making any rash decisions or overpaying for a potential fix, they should be able to have a successful season without a successful offseason.