No Ryan Suter. No Shea Weber. Kimmo Timonen is a year older. Andrej Meszaros is out indefinitely with an Achilles' injury. Andreas Lilja is recovering from hip surgery and is not expected back until late-October/early-November.
Given that the Flyers mostly swung and missed in attempts to bolster their blue line this offseason, it would seem ridiculous to think this year's defensive corps is stronger than last season's much-maligned group.
However, after much deliberation, that is the exact conclusion I have drawn.
What Philly's back-enders lack in a big-name defender they make up for with depth and interchangable parts that can contribute on a winning team in a big way.
Don't believe in the grouping of Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Luke Schenn, Nick Grossmann, Bruno Gervais, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Manning?
Read on to have your mind changed about the potential of the Bullies' back end.