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Report: Chuck Fletcher's Main Target This Offseason Revealed.


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April 16, 2019  (10:42)
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The Philadelphia Flyers and general manager Chuck Fletcher officially started knocking off some needs on their checklist with the hiring of Alain Vigneault as the team's new head coach. Now with Vigneault set to be behind the bench for the 2019-2020 season, Fletcher can start working on the NHL Draft and the upcoming free agency period. When former head coach Scott Gordon held his end of season press conference, Gordon pointed out that the team desperately needs a second line center if Claude Giroux is going to stay on the wing. Well according to Dave Isaac of The Courier-Post, that's likely not on the top of the list. Isaac reports that Fletcher's main priority is to land some veteran help on the blue line mostly because of this quote. "I think we spent too much time defending this year and that's not all on our defensemen. Again, I think our forwards at times are very loose with the puck and we lose a third guy in the offensive zone all the time. We're giving up odd-man rushes. We're turning the pucks over. I think we put a lot of pressure on our defense at times by the way we play."
While some could read that as Fletcher saying they need more reliable two way forwards, Isaac believes it's a clear sign they need a defenseman.

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