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Which Flyers player has the most to lose in 2019-20 season?

Which Flyers player has the most to lose in 2019-20 season?

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jordan Hall and Brooke Destra.

The topic: Which Flyers player has the most to lose in the 2019-20 season? 

Hall

Robert Hagg could go from playing all 82 games in 2018-19 to being a seventh defenseman in 2019-20. The Flyers' defense will look a lot different this season with the additions of Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun. The team is also "bullish" on 22-year-old Philippe Myers, general manager Chuck Fletcher said in mid-June (see story).

Hagg is only 24 years old and has proven his durability with 152 games over the past two seasons. However, Hagg will now be in serious competition for playing time. The Flyers are high on Myers and there's also 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin in the picture.

Hagg, a 2013 second-round pick, understands his role and what works for him at this level. He competes and won't just give away his ice time, but things are getting crowded on the blue line. He'll be a restricted free agent next offseason. This year is awfully important and a ton could change from now until next summer for Hagg.

Destra

All eyes are on Carter Hart in hopes that he carries the Flyers to the playoffs this season, but where does Brian Elliott fall into all of this? 

Elliott extended his contract this offseason on a one-year deal worth $2 million. He beat out the highly anticipated Cam Talbot for the backup position. Talbot, a mentor to Hart, was brought in as a potential backup option for the future but the job went to Elliott, who will be entering his third season with the Flyers. 

There are a few things that go into analyzing why the 34-year-old goalie has a lot to lose this year and it comes down to: his ability to stay healthy and how much longer he plans on playing before hanging up his skates. 

In 2018-19, he was just one of eight pieces in the Flyers’ goaltending carousel. Elliott can be very serviceable if not overplayed, so being a backup should be the perfect scenario, right? Not exactly. 

The future beyond this season is unknown territory. Elliott is going to have a limited number of times to prove that he is still able to handle the pressure of the league. Not to mention, it’s crucial he stays healthy or he’ll be labeled as injury-prone moving forward. If he plans on playing after 2019-20, teams may not want to risk bringing on a player with that kind of track record. 

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Why Flyers fans should be concerned about post-NHL All-Star break playoff chances

Why Flyers fans should be concerned about post-NHL All-Star break playoff chances

On Saturday, we broke down why Flyers fans should be hopeful for the post-All-Star break stretch. Today, we look at the reasons for concern.

Alain Vigneault has 11 playoff berths on his résumé. He knows the requisites for a postseason club and the Flyers have failed to look like one in a key aspect.

"As a team that considers themselves a playoff team, you need to have a good road record," Vigneault said last month.

The Flyers do not through 25 road games. As stingy as they have been at home, they've been the polar opposite away from home. On the road, the Flyers are 10-13-2, have a minus-30 goal differential and are allowing the NHL's second-most goals per game at 3.80.

The figures above are a major concern and the Flyers must stem the tide over their final 16 road games. Vigneault's team still has two trips to Washington, D.C., two to Tampa Bay, Florida, two to Madison Square Garden and one more to Pittsburgh. Those matchups with the Capitals, Lightning, Rangers and Penguins will be stiff tests.

Speaking of the schedule, the Flyers are battling in the NHL's deepest division and have 14 games remaining against Metro teams. The Flyers are in sixth place of the Metropolitan Division (three points out of third place) but would be in first place of the Pacific Division.

The Flyers will be challenged the rest of the way and so, too, will their depth at forward. The Flyers are a middle-of-the-pack scoring club (15th in the NHL with 3.06 goals per game) and without Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma) and Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder).

Is the team's youth in the bottom six enough for the playoffs and a competitive shot? Or will (and can) general manager Chuck Fletcher add at the Feb. 24 trade deadline?

Big questions and we'll have answers soon.

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2020 NHL All-Star Game: Flyers' Travis Konecny shows off his career-high stuff for Metropolitan Division

2020 NHL All-Star Game: Flyers' Travis Konecny shows off his career-high stuff for Metropolitan Division

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Travis Konecny stormed into the NHL All-Star break already with a new career high in assists. The Flyers' winger has 26 helpers and is projected to finish with 44, a sign of significant growth in a breakout 2019-20 season for the 22-year-old.

On Saturday night in the 2020 All-Star Game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Konecny put his facilitating on display during the 3-on-3 action featuring the world's best players. He finished with three assists in the Metropolitan Division's 9-5 semifinal loss to the Atlantic Division.

"I had a lot of fun," Konecny said Saturday, via Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "It was pretty funny, I was watching my parents in the stands and my mom didn't understand why we weren't playing like a real game.

"It's my first game and it's her first time seeing it. I don't know if she was expecting me to be blocking shots and forechecking, stuff like that. I had a lot of fun with it.

"It was a really cool experience, getting to play with some players, too, that I usually won't get the chance to play with was fun."

Konecny playing in his first All-Star Game at 22 years old should be exciting for the Flyers. Claude Giroux was 23 years old for his first All-Star Game back in 2011. The future looks bright for Konecny, who signed a new six-year, $33 million contract back in mid-September.

With 17 goals and 43 points through 47 games, Konecny is eight goals and seven points away from setting career highs across the board.

A breakout, indeed.

Here are more sights and scenes from Konecny's first All-Star Game:

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