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Paul Holmgren and the Philadelphia Flyers had quite the tumultuous offseason. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, who were once thought to be the featured players of the organization, were both traded, and the team finally brought in a true franchise goaltender in Ilya Bryzgalov.
Now, the preseason expectations are not quite as high. The common belief is that the Flyers made themselves better in the longterm but worse in the short term. However, all that has changed on Broad Street is that the Flyers are a more balanced team than they were a season ago. The offense undoubtedly took a hit, but the defense remains sturdy and the goaltending is now a strength.
If Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk continue to progress, the offense will be just fine. The additions of Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Jaromir Jagr and Jakub Voracek will help ease any ill effects felt from the departures of Richards and Carter. The Flyers have plenty of depth on offense, and the unit is still well above average.
Paul Holmgren will look like a genius if his revamped roster makes a run at the Stanley Cup.