NHL Rumors: Changes Coming For Flyers GM

The Philadelphia Flyers thought that bringing in a coach like John Tortorella would help turn things around. Though he does have the team playing much better than last season, the record doesn't exactly show that. They are somehow even more banged up than they were last year, and regardless of the effort each game, the team is just not skilled enough to compete for a playoff spot.

Even with a healthy roster, there are questions as to whether this team has what it takes. Over the past year there were some questionable trades and decisions made by Chuck Fletcher which has Anthony SanFilippo reporting that changes could be coming at the general manager position soon.

Some bad moves include re-signing Rasmus Ristolainen to a five-year, $5.1 million AAV deal in the middle of a poor season. That deal isn't even a good contract if he wasn't one of the worst defencemen in the league last season.

Then there is the acquisition of Tony DeAngelo who was expected to come in and completely turn around a horrendous power play and add scoring on the back-end. The former Carolina Hurricanes defenceman has now been healthy scratched less than a third of the way into his first season with the team and is tied with two others with the worst plus/minus on the team (-13).

Add in that the Nic Deslauriers was the big free agent acquisition this past summer, and the Flyers are only getting worse due to poor decisions. As the team needs to enter an actual rebuild and stop hanging on to a tiny bit of hope their players will stay healthy and have them competing, Fletcher isn't going to be the man at the GM that does that for them.

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