2012-13: 23-22-3, 49 points
Where they finished: 4th in the Atlantic; 10th in the East; 20th in the NHL
Coach: Peter Laviolette (5th season)
Key additions: C Vinny Lecavalier, C Kris Newbury, D Mark Streit, G Yann Danis
Key subtractions: C Danny Briere, RW Ruslan Fedotenko, LW Simon Gagne, RW Mike Knuble, D Andreas Lilja, D Danny Syvret, D Kurtis Foster, G Ilya Bryzgalov
Scott Hartnell – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek
Tye McGinn – Vinny Lecavalier – Wayne Simmonds
Jay Rosehill – Sean Couturier – Brayden Schenn
Zac Rinaldo - Max Talbot –Matt Read
Mark Streit – Kimmo Timonen
Braydon Coburn – Luke Schenn
Andrej Meszaros – Nicklas Grossman
Steve Mason – Ray Emery
Our take: The Flyers are a tough nut to crack. They are either going to rebound from last year’s playoff no-show with a vengeance or they’ll sputter out of the gate and put the job security of Peter Laviolette and Paul Holmgren in peril.
The Flyers dumped a pair of heavy contracts in Ilya Bryzgalov and Danny Briere, but are they significantly better with the two-headed goaltending duo of Steve Mason and Ray Emery and aging center Vinny Lecavalier?
The Flyers are deep down the middle with Claude Giroux, Lecavalier, Sean Couturier and Max Talbot, but they lack scoring on the wings, especially from the left side. The team’s greatest strength might be on the back end, where newcomer Mark Streit joins an experienced corps that was banged up for most of last season.
It’s a coin flip, but this could be another long hockey season in Philly.
Offseason Grade: C
Will they make the playoffs in 2013-14: No.