2015-16 Philadelphia Flyers Thread
Last season: 33-31-18, 84 points, sixth in the Metro and 24th overall.
Offseason report: The roster wonít be that much different than the one that finished last season, as GM Ron Hextall largely chose to tinker rather than make sweeping changes. The biggest move came behind the bench, where Dave Hakstol takes over after 11 years in the college ranks.
Outlook: The Flyers boast one of the best duos in the NHL in Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. The latter finished fourth in scoring last season and was rewarded with a $66 million extension. That sounds like yet another case of the Flyers throwing around crazy money that theyíll eventually regret, although in this case thereís a good argument it can work. In either case, the Flyers will need their two stars scoring, since their forward depth is merely average and the blue line will have holes until some of the teamís young prospects are ready to step in. Steve Mason is back as the starting goaltender, although Michal Neuvirth is an upgrade at backup.
Key number: 11 ó Shootout losses by the Flyers last season, the most in the NHL. At 3-11, no team left more points on the board in the solo skills competition than the Flyers. And thatís good news, since shootout performance tends to be largely random. With some shootout regression and a new 3-on-3 overtime format that should favor a team that can throw a combo like Giroux and Voracek out there, the Flyers should see a nice boost in post-regulation points.
Watchability index: 5/10. It will be fun to see what Hakstol brings to the table as the first coach in more than 30 years to make the jump directly from college to an NHL debut.
Best case: This season feels like a step toward contending down the road, as Hakstol gets his system in place, prospects develop, and young NHLers like Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn elevate their game. But even with one eye fixed on the future, the Flyers have enough talent to be relevant. A playoff spot certainly isnít out of the question.
Worst case: Mason had the best season of his career last year, and it still wasnít enough to get the Flyers near the postseason. If he regresses behind a leaky blue line, even Giroux and Voracek wonít be able to score enough to keep the team in contention.
Suggested slogan: Still figuring out which one of is going to fight Phil Kessel off the opening faceoff of the first Penguins game.
Bold prediction: A year after a disappointing 84-point season left the Flyers sixth in the Metro, they crack the 90-point mark and improve all the way to Ö sixth in the Metro.
they arent goint to be decent until 2018 at least
They'll start getting better when the guys like Schultz, Streit, L. Schenn, Del Zotto, start getting cycled out for the young guys. Still need to get some young skilled guys at wing through trades or over the next couple of drafts. they should be towards the back end of the playoff hunt next season and on the rise the season after. probably still have to wait for the anchor contracts to drop off because I can't imagine them being able to move Lecavalier, Umberger, or MacDonald before their deals expire. Maybe an expansion team could scoop up MacDonald, but who knows.
Ceiling for this year = 7-8 seed as one of the two wild-card teams in the NHLs new divisions and playoff qualifying format.
I'd honestly be happy with steady improvement, losing some of the vets on defense and filling in the young guys, and one more top ten pick before jumping back into the playoffs next year.
So many bad contracts. I really hope old man Snider doesn't step in and do something stupid if they get off to a slow start. Let Hexy do this thing.
MacDonald on waivers via the Twitters
that may be the worst move in franchise history. worse than Lecavalier even. traded away a few good picks to get the guy and then way overpaid in dollars/years for a very mediocre d-man. Holmgren must have been a case and a half in when he did that deal. the thing that sucks more than anything is I don't want him taking playing time away from any of the young guys on the Phantoms either. can he go all the way down to Trenton?
950K of cap space will come off with 4 million in dead space lololololololol
if someone claims him Ill let someones wife here blow me
nobody is claiming him unless Holmgren gets hired as GM of another team by noon tomorrow. I would be stunned.
Hopefully he just rides the pine in Allentown.
I know a guy who could get him into some parking lot hybrid street/roller hockey games. It's mostly roller hockey with one guy running around in sneakers, actually.