Philadelphia Flyers offseason recap

Jakub Voracek inked an eight-year, $66 million extension this offseason
Jakub Voracek inked an eight-year, $66 million extension this offseason

Last year: 33-31-18, sixth in the Metro Division. Missed the playoffs by 14 points.

Key additions: Sam Gagner, Evgeny Medvedev, Michal Neuvirth, Colin McDonald

Key subtractions: Chris Pronger’s contract, Zac Rinaldo, Nicklas Grossmann

Offense: The Flyers had no choice but to reward Jakub Voracek with a massive extension after he finished fourth in the league in points last season. Between him and Claude Giroux, the Flyers have the start of a dynamic offense. Unfortunately, they’ve had trouble filling in holes around that duo, not dissimilar to the Penguins’ struggles to find running mates for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. There were high hopes for Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, but while both fill valuable two-way roles, neither has proven capable of posting big offensive numbers. The next-best scoring threat remains power forward Wayne Simmonds, who is virtually unmovable in front of the net, especially on the power play. Perhaps newcomer Gagner will finally blossom, or someone like Michael Raffl or Matt Read will really emerge, but Schenn and Couturier remain the two players squarely in the spotlight. 2015 first-round pick Travis Konecny could be the answer before long.

Defense: Like the division rival Devils and Hurricanes, Philadelphia has heavily invested in building from the net out. Veterans Medvedev, Mark Streit, Andrew MacDonald, Luke Schenn, Radko Gudas and Nick Schultz are mainly placeholders for blue-chippers like Ivan Provorov, Sam Morin, Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gotisbehere and Robert Hagg. Former Ranger Michael Del Zotto earned a new two-year deal and established himself as one of the more dependable two-way defenders on the roster after a rocky start to his Flyer tenure. But at least for the near future, Steve Mason and the wildly inconsistent backup tandem of Neuvirth and Ray Emery will have their hands full behind a leaky defense.

Franchise direction: New coach Dave Hakstol has his work cut out for him in his first year behind an NHL bench, but lucky for him Flyers GM Ron Hextall seems to be looking at his roster much more logically and with an eye toward long-term success than his predecessors, so Hakstol should enjoy a grace period. The Flyers have as devastating a one-two punch up front as there is in the league, but the team’s fortunes both this year and looking forward hinge on the development of an impressive stable of young defensemen. There’s plenty of talent in the system, but Philadelphia needs those players to graduate and mature quickly if the team is to return to playoff contention.

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22 thoughts on “Philadelphia Flyers offseason recap

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Over years of the of goon mentality, the management turned to Hextall to change course of the franchise. For too many years, Clarke, and Paul Holgrum were stuck in a time warp, good old Broad Street Bullies, and now it has caught up to Snyder’s boys in a big way. I see this organization become more like the Kings, where they will get the players who work their butts off, and not be overly concern with the fisticuffs!!!!!!!! Bottom line, they will miss the PO’s this year, but will be a team to recon with in the not too distant future…………….

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Ranger fans think we have it bad carrying Dan Boyle’s 4.5m cap hit this season. How about carrying 35 yr. old Vincent Lacavalier’s 4.5m salary for the next 3 seasons and 33 yr. old RJ Umberger’s 4.6m salary for the next 2 seasons.

    Anchors Away!!!

    9.1 million wrapped up in 2 bottom six forwards……bad business. Stoll for 800K on a 1 year deal……. good business.

    Anytime you find yourself feeling bad about the Rangers cap situation, just copy and paste

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Mason is a solid goaltender, words I never thought I’d say. But that blue line is terribad.

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Flyers in CAP hell, GOOD. No love loss for that team. I’m still hurting over the beating Dale Rolfe took!

    • Aug 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Just asking:

      Kreider and Stepan for Giroux?

      • Aug 19, 2015 at 11:51 am

        Stepan and Miller

        • Aug 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm

          I’d probably take that deal with like a 3rd rounder coming back

          • Aug 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm

            As would I. Giroux is top 10, a great player.

        • Aug 19, 2015 at 4:54 pm

          Those were the 2 players I was originally gonna post, but I didn’t think Philly would consider that. Not saying they would consider Kreider and Stepan, but for fun.

      • Aug 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm

        They can have Tanner Glass…

      • Aug 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm

        Overall, I like our team much better, but I’d much rather have Giroux and Voracek as my top two centers. Very jealous.

        • Aug 19, 2015 at 2:49 pm

          Voracek is a winger!!!!

          • Aug 19, 2015 at 2:58 pm

            Sometimes they put him at center, but you’re right, he’s a winger. What is Kevin Hayes position, center or winger???

            • Aug 19, 2015 at 4:27 pm


    • Aug 19, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Love to see Snyder’s team eat crap for a few seasons. He, and Jacobs of Boston are the architects of the cap we have in place today !!!!!!

      • Aug 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm

        If there was no cap, it would be like 15 years ago, when the Rangers would outspend everyone and end up with a bunch of stiffs on the team. The cap actually forced the Rangers to be more responsible with their signings.

        • Aug 19, 2015 at 4:52 pm

          Very true!

        • Aug 19, 2015 at 5:35 pm

          I’m not a fan of caps, it rewards tight fisted team by putting limits on teams that want to spend. If we have to have a cap, let there be a penalty for over spending, like fines ???????????

          • Aug 19, 2015 at 5:53 pm

            You would rather have spending like the MLB???

            • Aug 19, 2015 at 6:41 pm


              • Aug 20, 2015 at 7:26 am

                NHL needs the cap. I think the Rangers have put together their most balanced teams under the cap as well

    • Aug 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Jerry, the Dale Rolfe beating ranks up their with the darkest moments in NYR history. Till this day how they let a non-fighter take a beating by Dave Schultz who at the time was one of the most feared fighters in hockey, makes me sick to my stomach!!

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