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2010-11 record: 47-23-12 (106 points, Atlantic Division champions)
After trading their captain and a skilled forward, it is my opinion that the Flyers will take a couple steps back.
Claude Giroux, who led the Flyers last year with 76 points, will return for another season. He was eighth in the NHL with 51 assists and also posted a plus-20 rating. He had eight power-play goals, three shorthanded goals and five game-winning goals.
He contributed in other ways as well, playing over 20 minutes a game and ranking fifth with a 50 percent faceoff win percentage. Giroux can also throw around the body, as he was fifth with 117 hits.
James van Riemsdyk had a successful sophomore season in the league, posting 40 points and a plus-15 rating to go with three power-play goals and four game-winning goals. The 22-year-old improved from his 35 points in 2009-10 and was also seventh with 107 hits.
On defense, Chris Pronger is a likely candidate to take over the captaincy. He was first on the Flyers with 22:29 of ice time and 3:42 on the power play while ranking fourth with 3:05 of ice time per game on the penalty kill.
However, he was limited to just 50 games after dealing with injuries. That said, he still managed 25 points and a plus-seven rating to go with three power-play goals and one game-winning goal.
Andrej Meszaros was fifth in the NHL with a plus-30 and posted his fourth 30-point season this year with 32 points. He was second on the Flyers with 189 hits and third with 139 blocked shots. He was also fourth with 21:07 of ice time.
Bryzgalov will surely take over starting goaltender duties this year. The 2007 Stanley Cup winner and a past Vezina nominee posted a record of 36-20-10 with a .921 save percentage and 2.48 GAA this year with the Coyotes. He also had seven shutouts.
The Flyers got some solid players in both the Carter and Richards trades. Schenn is a top prospect who had two points in eight games with the Kings this year and 53 points in 27 games with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL.
Jakub Voracek was fourth on Columbus in scoring with 46 points and will be 22 in August, meaning he has plenty of time to work on his game. Furthermore, Wayne Simmonds comes over to Philadelphia after a 30-point season in Los Angeles and was seventh with 125 hits.
Oscar Moller was also part of the L.A. trade. He spent most of the season with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL, where he had 50 points and a plus-13 in 59 games. He also had four points in 13 NHL games. Will he be able to crack the Flyers roster?
Aside from losing Richards and Carter, Ville Leino, Matt Carle and Brian Boucher are also expected to move on. Michael Leighton could also be packing his bags, seeing as he spent most of the season in the AHL and got into just one regular season game with the Flyers.
The Flyers landed some great players in the trade, but Schenn has yet to play a full NHL season, so it's hard to say what his numbers will be like over 82 games. Also, Pronger and fellow veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen are aging. It's possible that the physical style the Flyers play will continue to take a toll on them.