Most summers, when August rolls around, it starts to get a little late for free agent signings.

Yet because there is a very real possibility that the 2012-13 season will not begin on time, clubs have the luxury of waiting deeper into the summer and even fall to fill out rosters.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made two stabs at fortifying his defense by trying to sign Ryan Suter, then Shea Weber, in free agency.


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