The Flyers received some nice offensive contributions from several players this past season but lacked that veteran goal-scoring presence needed at key moments in critical games.
Jakub Voracek was a revelation, recording a career-high 22 goals in just 48 games. Claude Giroux is Claude Giroux. He notched just 13 goals but paced Philly in overall scoring for the third consecutive season. Wayne Simmonds finished second on the team with 15 goals, while Matt Read buried 11 conversions in his sophomore season.
Clearly, Philadelphia's offensive future is bright when you consider that Read is the elder statesmen of that group at a grizzled 26 years old. And that doesn't include 21-year-old offensive phenom Brayden Schenn and up-and-coming 20-year-old Sean Couturier.
But what the Flyers boast in young offensive talent, they lack in proven veteran goal scoring.
Who knew how impactful the loss of the now-41-year-old Jaromir Jagr would actually be?
After shelling out $3.3 million last season in Jagr's return to the NHL, Philly wasn't prepared to match the $4.5 million this year that the Dallas Stars offered the future Hall of Famer. That seemed like a sensible decision at the time, but it left the Flyers without proven goal scorers.
Scott Hartnell, who led the team with 37 goals last season, recorded just eight in 32 games this year. Meanwhile, with 286 career goals on his resume, Daniel Briere managed just six conversions in 34 games this season.
In the end, Jagr's leadership in the locker room and established goal-scoring presence were desperately missed.
Ironically, Jagr is one option the Orange and Black could turn to (again) to fill that void this summer. The active leader in goals (681) will hit the open market unless the Boston Bruins elect to re-sign him after acquiring the sniper at the trade deadline.
Jagr will be 42 next February, but another 16 goals and 35 points in just 45 games this year prove he's still dangerous.
Another alternative for the Flyers could be 35-year-old Jarome Iginla. Third among active goal scorers with 530 career conversions, Iginla isn't as dangerous as he once was but would be a phenomenal supplemental offensive piece amidst a blossoming corps of Philadelphia forwards.
The Pittsburgh Penguins snagged the 11-time 30-goal scorer at the trade deadline to load up for a Cup run, but it remains to be seen if Iginla fits into their long-term plans. He'll likely command at least $5 million per season on the open market, but that could be money well spent by the Flyers.
Names like Teemu Selanne (675 career goals) and Patrik Elias (375 career goals), who are both set to become unrestricted free agents, would also work, but it's unlikely that either player is prepared to leave his current situation.