Record: 25-46-11 61p (8th in the Metropolitan)
Playoffs: Did Not Qualify
F – Oskar Lindblom (Buyout – SJ), G – Martin Jones (SEA), D – Keith Yandle, F – Nate Thompson
Head Coach John Tortorella, D – Tony DeAngelo, F – Nicolas Deslauriers, D – Justin Braun
A team with no direction. That’s the Philadelphia Flyers in a nutshell. General Manager Chuck Fletcher, along with team Governor Dave Scott, are continuing to prove that they don’t know what they are doing up on Broad Street. The one bright light for the Flyers though was the hiring of head coach John Tortotella, who will make the Flyers a competitive and tough team to play against. However, the pieces that Tortorella is being given to work with is less ideal. There is hope that if they can get players like Sean Couturier, Ryan Ellis, Kevin Hayes, and Joel Farabee back and at 100 percent then that can also give the Flyers a bit of a boost
Carter Hart should be able to bounce back though with Tortorella as head coach as the defensive play will improve in front of him. Justin Braun rejoining the team after finishing the season with the New York Rangers after the trade deadline will give Tortorella a veteran that he can use with Cam York to help him adjust to the NHL in a more full time role. However, one storyline to look at will be that of Tony DeAngelo. He had a good season with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, but they were a winning team and made it to the playoffs. The Flyers aren’t expected to do a lot of winning, and the exceedingly high price they paid to acquire him and sign him may (will) come back to haunt them. One has to ask though, how long until Tortorella and DeAngelo have their first headbutting publicly?
This is going to be a rough season for the Flyers. The best thing that can happen to them is Fletcher getting let go and getting a more competent person in the General Manager position.