Flyers Add Boynton; Is This a Slump?

The Flyers made a good move by claiming Chicago defenseman Nick Boynton off waivers. This is the seventh defenseman that they needed as insurance for the stretch run and playoffs. He’s a serviceable d-man with good playoff experience last season, and is a right-handed shot, which the Flyers could use on the backline. His cap hit is only $500,000. The Flyers do have room to add another player at tomorrow’s trade deadline. I doubt they will, but maybe the always-welcome scoring winger…?

The Flyers went just 7-4-1 in February and were terrible last night in Ottawa in a 4-1 loss to the worst team in the conference. GM Paul Holmgren had said the team needed an “attitude adjustment”, which probably indicates that they have reverted back to taking things too lightly. It’s a long season and it’s hard to get up for every game. And the injuries to Pronger, Betts, and Leino (playing with hip trouble) haven’t helped. Plus, right now they’re maintaining their fairly comfortable lead over those that are chasing them and are neck-and-neck with Vancouver for the overall lead. You don’t want them peaking too early and this team is too good to nosedive. I wouldn’t worry unless it’s late March and they’re still in a funk.

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