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2013 Flyers Preview: Defensemen

The Philadelphia Flyers will have quite the balance of experience and youth on their blue line this season.

With players ranging from 23 years-old all the way to 38, the mix of veteran prowess and future promise hopes to be the perfect combination for a turnaround season.

One of the more controversial contracts this year is that of 38-year-old Kimmo Timonen.

Timonen’s one-year, $6 million deal can easily be considered a mistake when given to someone his age, but what Timonen brings to the table every season is irreplaceable. While his game may not be the same as it was three years ago, he can still be argued as the best defenseman in Philadelphia.

(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (front) is the unquestioned leader of the unit whereas Luke Schenn (back) is the future. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers Making Due With "Patchwork Defense"

“Patchwork” may not be the nicest word to use to describe Philadelphia’s defensive situation right now, but it is the most appropriate.

After last night’s 4-2 win at home over division rival New York, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette was asked a question that was worded in a way which Laviolette had to point out.

"They probably wouldn’t like to be called that, if I was guessing," Laviolette said when asked about his “patchwork defense,” drawing some laughs from the reporters after the game.

He was quick to follow with praise for some of the guys stepping in at the most desperate of times.

(Pictured: Kimmo Timonen (left) and Luke Schenn (right) during warm-ups. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Huskins Has Concussion; Manning, Konan Recalled

The Flyers blue line suffered another casualty as this forgettable 2013 campaign winds down.

Recently acquired defenseman Kent Huskins suffered a concussion in yesterday's 7-3 win in Montreal. Montreal's Ryan White came in high on Huskins, connecting with the shoulder and leaving Huskins dazed on the ice.

Immediately after the hit, Kurtis Foster jumped in and wrestled White to the ice. White was hit with a five minute major for fighting and a match penalty for deliberate injury.

Senators Snap Five-Game Skid; Beat Fading Flyers 3-1

The Ottawa Senators came into Philadelphia desperately needing a win to right the ship in a bad way and they delivered.

The Flyers, still with a glimmer of hope left for a playoff berth, did not deliver and wasted a great game by Ilya Bryzgalov. Dominated for 60 minutes the Flyers lost 3-1 to Ottawa Thursday night.

This was the second time the Flyers couldn't take advantage of a team on a major losing skid in the last three games.

On Saturday, the Flyers enabled the Winnipeg Jets to snap a five-game losing streak by dropping the game, 4-1. Ottawa was on a five-game losing streak heading into tonight.

(Pictured: Ottawa's Chris Neil throws his body in the 1st period. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Gervais, Gustafsson Making the Most of Playing Time

Many people have expressed concern with the defense of the Flyers this season.

It’s one of many concerns fans have when it comes to this team. Unfortunately, controversial offseason acquisitions and an injury to Andrej Meszaros have complicated things.

The third pairing for the Flyers is currently Bruno Gervais and Erik Gustafsson.

If it were up to the fans, Gervais would have never come to Philadelphia and Gustafsson would have been in the lineup all season. But agree or disagree with the signing, it happened, and Peter Laviolette can only play the guys that he has.

But when you actually think about it, things are not as bad as they seem. Let’s take a look at the two main concerns of fans right now.

(Pictured: Erik Gustafsson takes down NJ's Adam Henrique in last year's playoffs. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Three-Or-Less: Theodore Stones Flyers In Shootout 3-2 Loss

The Flyers kept shooting and shooting, but Jose Theodore seemed to have an answer for everything.

Theodore stopped 30 shots, including both of the Flyers' shootout attempts in the Panthers' 3-2 win in Philadelphia. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Flyers, but they have earned a point in each of their last three games.

Theodore came up huge in the last two periods and overtime, stopping the last 19 shots he faced to preserve the come-back win.

(Picture: Jose Theodore stones Claude Giroux on the shootout. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Sestito's Two Goals Lead Flyers to Victory

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Perhaps in the most unexpected fashion, Tom Sestito's pair of goals led the Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers looked to erase the bad loss on January 27 by starting the top line right off the bat. They pressed hard, creating a few scoring chances including two by Tye McGinn on a deflection and a one-timer from the circle, but Lindback turned them both aside.

(Pictured: Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Failure to Develop a Blue Line May Have Cost the Flyers JvR

Saturday night against Carolina, the Flyers dressed Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Kurtis Foster, and Bruno Gervais as their defense.

All six shared one thing in common -- not a single one of them were drafted by the Flyers.

In fact, the Flyers have a consistent issue with things like that. Since the lost season of 2004-05, the Flyers have not gotten more than 150 games played from a defensemen they drafted and only one home grown defensemen has played more than 200 games in a Flyers uniform since that time, Randy Jones, an undrafted defender.

(Pictured: Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Capitals Dig Deep to Beat the Flyers in Washington

The Capitals were supposed to be the tired team coming into tonight.

Instead they were the aggressor in Friday night's match in Washington. They seemed to have the extra step on the Flyers throughout the game, winning 3-2.

A wild third period broke the game's stalemate.

Flyers Sign Gervais, Fedotenko

In the wake of missing out on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter as well as back-up plan Matt Carle, the Flyers made a couple of depth moves today.

The Flyers signed forward Ruslan Fedotenko to a one-year deal as well as agreeing to a two-year deal with defenseman Bruno Gervais. Fedotenko's deal is worth $1.7 million and Gervais' is worth an average of $825,000 per year [Pierre LeBrun].

Both moves increase the Flyers depth rather than expected to be big impact moves.