Mid Summer Report: Philadelphia Flyers

download (27)By Wayne Hallee @waynehallee9 at thehockeynuts.com
As we enter the dog days of summer, activity around the NHL slows down.  Most of the big-name free agents are off the board, and everyone is enjoying some much needed time off before everything heats up in the fall.  During this time, we are taking a look at all 30 teams to see where they are and what they still need to do.  Today, we look at the Philadelphia Flyers

Last Season’s Finish:  41-27-14, 96 pts, 5th in the Metropolitan Division, lost in round 1 of the playoffs

Key Arrivals:

  • F Dale Weise (UFA)
  • F Boyd Gordon (UFA)

Key Departures:

  • F R.J. Umberger (UFA)
  • F Ryan White (Arizona)
  • D Evgeny Medvedev (KHL)
  • F Sam Gagner (Columbus)

Breakthrough Candidates:

  • F Jordan Weal
  • F Roman Lyubimov

Unsigned RFA’s (as of 8/15)

  • None

Current Cap Situation as of 8/15/16(source: generalfanager.com)

  • League salary ceiling: $73,000,000
  • League salary floor: $54,000,000
  • Current salary cap hit: $71,961,666
  • Current salary cap space: $1,038,334

 

Expected active roster

Forwards
Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read, Dale Weise, Michael Raffl, Boyd Gordon, Scott Laughton, Nick Cousins, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Chris VandeVelde, Jordan Weal
Defensemen
Mark Streit, Andrew MacDonald, Michael Del Zotto, Radko Gudas, Nick Schultz, Brandon Manning, Shayne Gostisbehere
Goalies
Steve Mason, Michal Neuvirth

 

Outlook:
Philadelphia was unusually quiet on the free agent market so far this summer.  The only players they acquired were a pair of bottom 6 forwards in Dale Weise and Boyd Gordon.  They obviously feel the team they have is good enough to have another go at it this season with them.  They did make the playoffs last season with this group, but that wouldn’t have happened if the Boston Bruins didn’t fall on their face in the last week of the regular season.  Once the Flyers got into the playoffs, they were quickly dispatched by the President’s Trophy winning Washington Capitals.  Now, the Flyers were a tale of two teams last year.  On November 25, 2015, they were 7-10-5, and in 13th place in the Eastern Conference.  After that date, they went 34-12-9 and grabbed the second wildcard spot in the playoffs on the last day of the season.  If they play as well as did during the last 2/3 of the season last year, they will be fine.  Assuming they play that well all year, they should have no trouble returning to the playoffs.