Chuck Fletcher got aggressive early and traded for the rights to free-agent forward Kevin Hayes. Should Hayes sign with the Flyers, this will not be the last new addition. It may not be the last trade. It's only the beginning of Fletcher's aggressive approach to the offseason.
Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher faces a critical first offseason and plans to attack it head-on. "I think we're going to be very aggressive in the trade and free agent markets in the sense of looking into every possible situation that can help us," Fletcher said.
For teams like the Flyers, the first focus of the offseason is on yourself, the players and moves you can control. For the Flyers, those moves center around several pending free agents that will need new contracts.
The Flyers season is over, and it sets up for an interesting offseason for GM Chuck Fletcher, one that begins now that the season is over and will carry over throughout the summer and as the 2019-20 season approaches.
The Capitals didn't win Thursday's game with their stars, but their depth, getting good goaltending when they needed it and players to step up. For the Flyers, it was a reminder that a young defense can still pay the price for costly mistakes and that the depth needs to improve.