The Flyers came off of a very good season in 2011-2012. The Flyers made it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals before being beat by the Eastern Conference Champions to be, New Jersey Devils. The Flyers were able to take the Pittsburgh Penguins out in the first round, which was the real story. The Flyers couldn’t match the season from before, and missed out on the Stanley Cup Playoffs by 5 points, finishing the season with a record of 23-22-3 for a total of 49 points.
Jakub Voracek‘s 22 goals led the Flyers this season, he added 24 assists for a total of 46 points, good for second best on the team. Claude Giroux led the Flyers with 35 assists and a total of 48 points. Giroux recently just signed a contract extension of 8 years, worth a total of $66.2 million. With Giroux locked up long term, Flyers fans can feel safe that they’re keeping their star around. Unless Philly ships him off (Mike Richards? *Cough* Jeff Carter? *Cough*).
The Flyers didn’t have problems scoring in the offensive end. They had a problem not being scored on in their own end. The shaky defense in Philly got a little better when they traded for the rights to Mike Streit and signed him to a four year deal. The Flyers bought out Ilya Bryzgalov and his monster contract, and brought in Ray Emery. So now, the Flyers have Ray Emery and Steve Mason, who they picked up from Columbus at the trade deadline, in net for next season it seems. Doesn’t make much sense to me. I just don’t think that adding Mark Streit makes up for the skill difference between Bryzgalov and Emery or Mason.
The Flyers road record was atrocious last season, while playing at home in the Wells Fargo Center the Flyers had a record of 15-7-2. Philly had the league’s 5th best penalty kill at 85.9% and the league’s 3rd best powerplay at 21.6%. The Flyers have made some interesting moves so far, and it will be even more interesting seeing how it plays out this season.