Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons They're Legitimate Cup Contenders in 2011-12

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Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons They're Legitimate Cup Contenders in 2011-12
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The Philadelphia Flyers have a lot of questions to answer during this upcoming 2011-2012 NHL season.

The names and accompanying stories are well-known to any hockey fan by now...Ilya Bryzgalov. Mike Richards. Wayne Simmonds. Brayden Schenn. Jeff Carter. Jakub Voracek. Ville Leino. Jaromir Jagr.

The 2010 runner-up spent much of the 2011 regular season atop the Eastern Conference standings before eventually losing that spot to the Washington Capitals.

Still, the Flyers entered the playoffs as one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup until being swept in the second round by the Boston Bruins.

Despite being an excellent team, the Flyers had many weaknesses to fix. General Manager Paul Holmgren addressed those needs.

In the process, he improved a team that is now one of the league's strongest Stanley Cup contenders.

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