The acquisitions of Mark Streit, Vinny Lecavalier, and Ray Emery have brought some excitement to the team after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007. But how do they stack up against the rest of their division rivals?
CSN Philly broke down the off-season for the Flyers and states that, up to this point, the Flyers are the most improved team in the division. The report states that there are concerns about Streit's (35), Lecavalier's (33), and Emery's (30) age but they will bolster the lineup.
It goes on to acknowledge that the Penguins did a good job of keeping their core together with the re-signing of Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. The Islanders, Rangers, and Devils did not do anything that appeared to really improve their team from last year to this year.
I think it is accurate to say the Flyers have improved the most but still have areas (the blue line) that needs some work. The Penguins also had a solid off-season (excluding that whole salary cap issue they face down the road). One reason I think the Flyers will be better than last year, that hasn't really been mentioned, is the improvement of young players such as Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn. Both players are entering their third year in the league and are poised to improve over last season. Neither has fully tapped into their potential and could really open some eyes this year.
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