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23-22-3, 10th in Eastern Conference
Bumps in the Road
Philadelphia failed to live up to lofty expectations and simply lacked any semblance of consistency. The Flyers didn't win three games in a row until a season-ending four-game win streak that arrived far too late to salvage playoff hopes.
The team started the season 2-6 and never seemed able to get its head back above water. Injuries also plagued the Flyers, who led the NHL in player appearances.
Ilya Bryzgalov didn't make the leap many anticipated in his second season with Philadelphia. The enigmatic goalie arrived in 2011 touted as the answer to an organization's lingering netminder issues but has instead fallen in line with the franchise's frustrating recent history at the position.
Reason for Rebound
The Flyers are firmly committed to a core highlighted by superstar Claude Giroux. He headlines an emerging foundation of players that includes Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek and Matt Read.
Most of the rotational guys on this roster have playoff experience after Philadelphia advanced to the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals. Expect general manager Paul Holmgren to make a play for multiple marquee names this offseason in order to boost his current roster.
He made lucrative contract offers to both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter last summer, eventually signing restricted free agent Shea Weber to a monster deal that was surprisingly matched by Nashville. After striking out on its top three targets in 2012, Philadelphia will be an active player this offseason.