When you are a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, it is quite insulting to know that you are behind the New Jersey Devils on quite a few aspects...
Not only are the Devils nine points ahead of the Flyers in the Metropolitan division, John Boruk of NBC Sports believes Flyers GM Ron Hextall should be taking notes on the deals being done by Devils general manager Ray Shero and learn to make a blockbuster move on the market.
Boruk compares the two GMs' tenures with their respective teams, and mentions that the Devils are ahead of the Flyers in their rebuild. He lists Shero's moves to acquire Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri, Marcus Johansson and Sami Vatanen as significant trades which have sped up New Jersey's process and success.
Hextall has made 15 trades since joining the Flyers, but none were immediate necessary help for the team as almost all of them involved future picks... And fans have noticed the failed trade of now red-hot Brayden Schenn to the St. Louis Blues as his return, Jori Lehtera, is considered a potential buyout candidate this off-season by Boruk.
The reporter would like to see a move that will provide the help top players like Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek needed to fully lived the prime years of their career.
Boruk hopes that Hextall can follow Shero's lead and find trades which help the Flyers now and in future, hinting that the time is now for a blockbuster move.
The Flyers, who currently have a 10-11-7 record, have finally won two consecutive games after posting a 10-game losing streak.