Now that the smoke has cleared after this past summer's crazy off season, it's time for this year's Philadelphia Flyers to get ready for a new slate of games.
There's little doubt that young scorers James van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux will need to step up this season, seeing as former captain Mike Richards and center Jeff Carter have left for greener pastures.
Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were unquestionably the cornerstones of this Philadelphia roster since the 2007 season, which raises an intriguing and exciting thought for most fans: Will Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk reach the potential needed to push the Flyers far into the playoffs this year?
You can put your bottom dollar on it that they will.
James van Riemsdyk showed glimmers of promise during last year's playoffs, putting up seven goals in 11 games. Giroux, on the other hand, is currently one best bargains going in the NHL. Last year he recorded an almost point-per-game season, netting 25 goals and assisting on 51 while only creating a cap hit of $822,000.
This is usually the first topic to come up when talking about the Flyers off season, but there's much more than this.
Here's are a few obstacles I see the Flyers absolutely needing to tackle to become a force this season.