In the last 7 years, the Flyers have not made it past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The current core of players, Giroux, Voracek, and Couturier, have been here just about that whole time.

The Flyers have been through multiple coaches and general managers in that time but the core has remained. Fans do not want to admit but it may be time for a core change in Philadelphia.

In 2011 General Manager at the time, Paul Holmgren completely blew up the Flyers core changing the entire outlook of the team. Mike Richards, a captain at the time, and Jeff Carter another top forward were both moved. These moves though brought in players like Wayne Simmons, Jake Voracek, and eventually Nolan Patrick through the NHL draft. These series of trades welcomed in a new wave of players and ultimately created a new Flyers core.

The current group the Flyers have is just not getting the job done. Many of them are fan favorites and some are really elite players but they are simply not getting results. It seems that every year around this time it is the same old story, the Flyers barely fighting for a Playoff spot or just waiting to be knocked out early in the Playoffs. This is unacceptable and it may be hard to swallow for some but something must be done.

Ultimately this may lead to a similar blockbuster move that the Flyers saw about 8 years ago. Early when Chuck Fletcher was named General Manager and the Flyers playoff hopes were slim, he was willing to listen to offers on all Flyers players, except Giroux of course who has a no-trade clause in his contract.

As summer comes along this outlook will be back for sure. Fletcher certainly suggested that he may be interested in a blow-up and the timing might be just right for this franchise that is in need of a drastic change.

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