For the next two weeks CSNWashington.com will continue our team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference. Every weekday well profile a new team and break down the changes they made in the offseason.
This week: Atlantic Division. Today: Philadelphia Flyers
20011-12 Record: 47-26-9, 103 points
Where they finished: 3rd in Atlantic; 5th in East; 6th in NHL
Coach: Peter Laviolette, 4th season
Key arrivals: D Luke Schenn, D Bruno Gervais, LW Ruslan Fedotenko, G Michael Leighton
Key departures: RW Jaromir Jagr, LW James van Riemsdyk, D Matt Carle, G Sergei Bobrovsky
Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek
Wayne Simmonds - Brayden Schenn - Danny Briere
Ruslan Fedotenko - Sean Couturier - Matt Read
Eric Wellwood - Maxime Talbot - Zac Rinaldo
Kimmo Timonen - Nicklas Grossmann
Braydon Coburn - Luke Schenn
Erik Gustafsson - Bruno Gervais
Ilya Bryzgalov - Michael Leighton
Our Take: It was a rough summer in Philly, one in which the Flyers lost veterans Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle to free agency and top prospects James van Riemsdyk and Sergei Bobrovsky in trades. They also came away empty in the sweepstakes for Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber and Rick Nash and are still crossing their fingers on Shane Doan. Throw in the fact that Andrei Meszaros will be sidelined most of the season with Achilles surgery and you have a questionable defense in front of mercurial goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. With all of those losses the Flyers have a real shot at missing the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07.
Offseason grade: F
Will they make the 2013 playoffs? Barely.
Projected finish in the East: 7th
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