Sizing up Flyers' 'D': Big, sturdy
Flyers defenseman Nick Grossman, right, delivers a heavy check on teammate Wayne Simmonds during training camp this week in Voorhees. Grossman is 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, giving Philadelphia yet another large defenseman this year. Five of their six blue-liners are at least 6-2.
- Flyers' position breakdown: Defensemen
Who’s back: Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, Nick Grossmann, Andreas Lilja, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson, Brandon Manning.
Who’s new: Luke Schenn, Kurtis Foster, Bruno Gervais Who’s gone: Chris Pronger (injury), Matt Carle (free agent), Pavel Kubina (free agent).
Key stats: After top defenseman Timonen, the next five — Coburn, Meszaros, Grossmann, Schenn and Foster — average 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds.
Outlook: The Flyers can count on Coburn and Grossmann to be solid. The season could hinge on the play of the other three top blue-liners: Timonen is 37, Meszaros is recovering from an offseason Achilles’ tendon injury and Schenn has yet to fulfill the potential that made him the No. 5 overall draft pick in 2008 by Toronto.
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 12:00 am
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