Every day this month, one NHL team will be posting a season preview. It’s a good way for you, the Flyers fans, to know what we’re up against this season as we hope to break the Stanley Cup drought. Today, it’s our turn.
“Who the hell is that guy?’ That’s going to be the question most fans will be asking once the puck drops on the regular season. After a major roster overhaul, a ton of of familiar faces are gone, with new ones in their place. What was clearly a top contender for the Stanley Cup, is now a team whose fate is really up in the air. With that, lets look at whose gone, whose here, and what lies ahead.
Sayonara, Adios, Au revoir…
For whatever, the Flyers felt now was the time to trade their 26 year old captain, who EVERYONE thought was going to spend his entire career in Orange and Black. Now he’s off to Los Angeles, along with 9 years and a No Movement Clause kicking in next July.
Not as surprisingly, Carter was moved to create some cap space. Rumors had swirled involving him for years. We thought they were put to rest once he signed an 11 year extension during last season. He also has a No Trade Clause kicking in next July.
Darrol Powe, Brian Boucher, Sean O’Donnel, Dan Carcillo, Ville Leino, Nikolay Zherdev, Kris Versteeg
Lot’s of guy that filled roles have been traded, or left to sign elsewhere. Leino stands out as a guy the Flyers would have kept, except Buffalo decided to overpay for him. The rest were deemed expendable and replaceable. I would have liked Zherdev back as well, but we know Peter Laviolette wasn’t a big fan of his overall game, regardless of what he gave us on offense.
Welcome, welcome, welcome!
He was the main piece in the Richards deal. Many consider him as the top prospect not in the NHL yet. Well, now it looks like he will make the big squad. And even though he wasn’t the only piece in this trade, he’s the biggest. And the success of the deal will be judged by how good he is.
Size and toughness was missing from the wing last year. Not anymore. And if Paul Holmgren’s gut (and research is correct), he’s going to add some scoring too. He never cracked the 20 goal mark in LA, but they’re hoping he does here.
He’s a skilled winger who never really blossomed in Columbus. As with Simmonds, the Flyers expect his numbers to jump given the talent he’ll be surrounded with in Philly.
Technically, Flyers didn’t actually get him in a trade. They got the 8th overall pick from Columbus along with Voracek in the Carter trade, and used that to get him. He’s a big center, who is a bit of a longshot to make the team this year. He’s more about prepping for the future.
He was once a high scoring phenom. Then he “retired”, and went to Europe to finish out his playing days. Now, he decided he wants one more run at a Stanley Cup while he can still play. Nobody knows what he’ll provide, but I have a feeling he’s not just here to tag along. He’s here to contribute on the scoresheet.
Role player, formerly played in Pittsburgh. We’ll eventually fall in love…if he’s willing to block a puck with his face. I definitely don’t want to see him do that, or for anything along those lines to happen to him. I just want to know he’s willing to do that and fully committed to this team.
Aging defenseman, who’s been around the league for a while. Not too much on the offensive end, but decent in his own end.