The Philadelphia Flyers lost to New York in the first round of last season’s playoffs. They made a few good changes this offseason.
They first signed Nick Shultz, who is good for depth defensively. With Kimmo Timonen’s return questionable due to blood clots, the Flyers went ahead and acquired Michael Del Zotto. He’s been off the past couple seasons, but when on top of his game, he is a very good offensive defenseman. In 2012, he notched 10 goals and 31 assists for 41 points and was a +20 in 77 games. They also acquired Ryan White to fill in a center spot in their bottom six, replacing Steve Downie. He isn’t bad at the face-off circle with a 50.8% last season.
The Flyers had some missed opportunities, too. They had two failed opportunities to trade Vincent Lecavailler. One option was Nashville, but they elected to sign Olli Jokinen, Derek Roy, and Mike Ribeiro to a lot less contracts than Lecavailler’s remaining 4 years at $16.5 million. They also had a chance with Ottawa, but they decided to acquire David Legwand.
The Flyers were rumored to be looking to acquire the number 1 overall pick in the draft from Florida, wanting a top defenseman. They would’ve drafted Aaron Ekblad, but passed up on the trade.
I expect the Flyers to be about the same as last year.