Flyers' (and others') wish list

Nashville's Ryan Suter is expected to be one of the top defensemen available in free agency this summer. (Tony Gutierrez/AP file photo)

Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter and New Jersey winger Zach Parise - expected to be the top unrestricted free agents on July 1 - are at the top of a lot of teams’ wish lists.

The Flyers are believed to be among those teams.

That said, the team’s defense, if healthy, isn’t in bad shape - even if Chris Pronger cannot return from concussion symptoms.

The defensive pairings could look like this: Braydon Coburn and Nick Grossmann; Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros; and Marc-Andre Bourdon and Matt Carle (if re-signed) or Erik Gustafsson.

"I think we have a very strong defensive corps," said Peter Luukko, president of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast Specactor, "and if Paul (Holmgren, the GM) thinks he can make us even better, great."

Luukko said the team is in the process of putting together its off-season plans. Unlike last year, the Flyers are only expected to make a few moves.

Ed Snider, the Flyers’ chairman, thinks improving the team’s defense should be the top off-season priority.


I’m still in favor of signing Parise over Suter.

Then again, Parise may decide to stay with the Devils because of their Stanley Cup run. New Jersey opens the Finals on Wednesday by hosting the Kings.

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