Philadelphia Flyers: The 8 Best Post-Lockout Moves

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Philadelphia Flyers: The 8 Best Post-Lockout Moves
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The 2004-05 NHL season was lost to a lockout that lasted 44 weeks and 2 days.  It stands today as a significant dividing line for the league.

Events are referred to as "pre-lockout" or "post-lockout" due to the amount of changes to teams, play and even uniforms. The Flyers emerged from the lockout looking poised for success.

Having made it to the conference finals in 2003-04 the Flyers made a big splash in free agency signing Peter Forsberg, Derian Hatcher, Mike Rathje and Mike Knuble. But the game had shifted rendering big, physical defensemen like Hatcher and Rathje less effective than pre-lockout.

Forsberg's tenure was short lived and injury riddled. The following season the Flyers hit the skids and suffered their worst record in the history of the franchise.

Due to some shrewd personnel decisions the Flyers had a quick turnaround and returned to being perennial Cup contenders. Here is a list of the eight best post-lockout moves made by the Flyers.

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