The Philadelphia Flyers have one thing to prove as a team: that they can win a Stanley Cup.
The goal has eluded them since 1975, and though the franchise is one of the most storied in the NHL, its trophy case tells a different, more disappointing story. This organization of competitors sets the Cup in its crosshairs each and every season.
The goal is simple, straightforward and lofty.
But individual players have something to prove each season before they have their names etched onto Lord Stanley’s Cup. Some Flyers will have to prove they are worthy of new contracts or more responsibility on the team; others will fight for a roster spot.
Still others simply want to prove that last season wasn’t a fluke. And certain goaltenders would like to show that is was.
Here is one thing each important Flyer has to prove in 2012-13.