Major Free Agent Signings- Jaromir Jagr, Maxime Talbot, Ilya Bryzgalov, Andreas Lilja, Jakub Voracek
Putting the trades aside (which I was not a fan of), the Flyers gained some valuable pieces in free agency. While Jagr and Talbot are role players on this team, they both are good fits for the Flyers. Lilja will be a good depth defenseman as a 3rd pair guy. Bryzgalov is an obvious improvement over last season's replacement.
Voracek was, of course, picked up from Columbus in the Jeff Carter trade and signed with Philadelphia as an RFA. He is still growing and should produce nicely in the Flyers line up.
Talbot plays a gritty style that Philadelphia likes to play. He is also a good penalty killer, which should help the Flyers' 15th ranked unit last season. Talbot will also take the Penguins-Flyers rivalry to a new level, and he will be joined by his other partner, Jaromir Jagr.
Jagr mysteriously disappeared which led to Pittsburgh and Detroit withdrawing their offers for him, leading him to Philadelphia. Although he is 3 years removed from the NHL, Jagr is still a force to be reckoned with. He should improve the power play, which ranked 19th last season, although the loss of Carter and Richards will still hurt. He still has great hands and skill.
Bryzgalov is a top 10 goaltender in the NHL. He makes this Flyers team a very good defensive team and can help to make up for the loss of Richards and Carter. The Flyers should score less this year but the defense and solid goaltending of Bryzgalov should still make the Flyers playoff bound.
While I am not the biggest fan of the Flyers off-season moves, their signings will help this year.