ESPN's Craig Custance writes that the Flyers are actually one of the teams in the Metropolitan Division (still getting used to that name) that is trending "up." Custance states that the Flyers were looking to implement some major systematic changes last season but were forced to do so without an extended training camp. He also cites injuries, which the Flyers had many to very crucial players, as two main reasons for the Flyers stumbled last year.
It is hard to argue that the Flyers are trending anywhere but up. They swapped out Danny Briere for Vinny Lecavalier and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't make that move. They addressed one of their holes on the blue line by adding puck-moving defenseman Mark Streit. And they also added Ray Emery who played fabulous in a goaltender-by-committee role last season with the Chicago Blackhawks which is what is likely to happen this year with Steve Mason in the mix.
I think Custance is correct in stating that the Flyers are trending upwards. To strengthen his point, he never accounts for the progress of young players such as Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier. The real question is not 'are the Flyers trending up?' but rather 'how high up are the Flyers trending?'
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