The Flyers finished the the 2013-14 regular season with a 42-30-10 record. It was good enough for third in the Metropolitan Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia's run in the post season was a short one however, as they lost in the first round to the New York Rangers.
Following the season the Flyers made some adjustments int he front office. Philadelphia named Paul Holmgren the new team president and Ron Hextall was installed as the team's general manager. Changes to the Flyers roster were minimal in the offseason because of cap space restrictions. The Flyers added forward R.J. Umberger, via a trade, as well as defenseman Nick Schultz and Michael Del Zatto through free agency.
The biggest names departing Philadelphia are forwards Scott Hartnell, who was traded by the Flyers on June 23, and Steve Downie, who left via free agency.
The Courier-Post's Dave Isaac helped Islanders Point Blank take a more in-depth look at this years Philadelphia Flyers squad:
IPB: What was the Flyers biggest offseason acquisition and why?
Isaac: The Flyers didn't have much to work with this summer, so their biggest acquisition came in August. Michael Del Zotto certainly wasn't the highest caliber free agent out there, but he's a low-risk, high-reward signing for new general manager Ron Hextall.
IPB: What was the Flyers biggest loss of the offseason?
Isaac: The biggest loss came when blood clots were found in Kimmo Timonen's lower right leg and both lungs. The 39-year-old defenseman was perhaps the best on their roster, but now likely won't play at all this season.
IPB: What are the Flyers biggest strength and weakness?
Isaac: For a change, the Flyers' biggest strength may be between the pipes. Steve Mason was ready to retire and throw out his goalie pads when he was with the Columbus Blue Jackets, then a trade to Philly changed everything. His fire has never been greater and he's proved since he's been here that he can stabilize what was long a weakness for the Flyers
In front of Mason, however, the Flyers don't have the sexiest defense corps. If you're only as strong as your weakest link, the Flyers' defense corps – which lacks a true No. 1 defender – will be something to watch.
IPB: Where will the Flyers finish the 2014-15 season and why?
Isaac: The Flyers got a playoff spot last year by the skin of their teeth. Of course, starting the season 1-7 had a lot to do with that. Claude Giroux not finding the back of the net until his 20th game didn't help either. They should be better this year, but probably not enough to be higher than third in the Metropolitan Division.
The Matchups: Monday, November 24 at Nassau Coliseum; Monday, January 19 at Nassau Coliseum; Thursday, February 5 at Wells Fargo Center; Tuesday, April 7 at Wells Fargo