Feeling sorry for Flyers fans?

Feeling sorry for Flyers fans?
July 25, 2012, 3:51 pm
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For Capitals fans lamenting the fact that free agents Dennis Wideman, Tomas Vokoun, Alexander Semin, Mike Knuble and Jeff Halpern have been replaced with Mike Ribeiro, Wojtek Wolski, Joey Crab and Jack Hillen, take heart.

You could be Flyers fans.

Since getting bounced out of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs in the second round by the New Jersey Devils, the Flyers have:

-- lost right wing Jaromir Jagr and defenseman Matt Carle to unrestricted free agency;

-- failed in their bids to sign Zach Parise and Ryan Suter; they were upstaged by the division rival New York Rangers in their attempt to trade for Rick Nash;

-- had their 14-year, 110 million offer sheet to Shea Weber matched by the Predators.

They also traded potential top-line forward James van Riemsdyk, who was taken second overall behind Patrick Kane in the 2007 NHL draft, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for hard-hitting defenseman Luke Schenn, who is a solid but unspectacular No. 3 or No. 4 defenseman.

Now thats a rough offseason.

But it has the potential of being a complete wipeout.

Now that the drama surrounding the future homes of Parise, Suter, Nash and Weber is resolved, the biggest questions remaining this offseason are the future destinations of Shane Doan and Bobby Ryan.

Not surprisingly, the Flyers are interested in both right wings. Theyve been inquiring about Ryan for the better part of two years but simply cant come up with the package to get a deal done.

The Flyers also invited Doan on a tour of Philadelphia last week, shortly after the Rangers did the same for him in New York.

Even with the Nash trade, the Rangers still have 13 million in salary cap space and could afford to sign Doan, who might be enticed to finish his career on a team with Nash, Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist.

If that wouldnt be salt in the Flyers wounds, nothing would.