30 NHL Previews in 30 Days – Philadelphia Flyers

By Gary Harding

The Broad Street Bullies are next.  The changes were aplenty in Philly this off-season, and Paul Holmgren could be on the hot seat, if his changes do not produce results immediately for this Atlantic Division rival.

What do Flyer fans expect?  Here is an excerpt from Eugene Markman from Broad Street Buzz:

"The new look Flyers will be very, very different from last season.  If healthy, they’re coming back with a stingier defense than last season. Chris Pronger is now the captain, taking over the role vacated by Mike Richards. Aside from a new title, that doesn’t really change Prongs’ role on the team. He’s been a very vocal leader since coming over a few years ago. The goals should be a bit harder to come by for opposing teams because ofIlya Bryzgalov in net.  While Bobrovsky was very, very good, he wasn’t great. He could play, but he didn’t seem to be able to handle the workload. Maybe that’s the  coaches fault, but that’s a different discussion.Scoring will be a bit harder to come by. Giroux and Briere are now the top centers, and behind them, we don’t know what else we have. In addition, the Flyers expect JVR to play like the monster that he was in the playoffs last year. We’ll have to wait and see how well the new guys and the youth infusion mesh.  All of the lines will be new, so right now it’s impossible to guess how potent the offense really will be. I do think we take a large step back from last year."

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