The Philadelphia Flyers were one of the worst teams in the NHL in 2022/23, and it appears that will not change much in the 2023/23 season.
General manager and former Flyers player Daniel Briere continued to rebuild the roster this offseason as four of the Flyers' top 10 points scorers left the team through trades or free agency.
With a solid collection of young players with some veterans to provide guidance behind the scenes, it may not be a successful year for Philly but it will be an important one for player development.
|What||2023/24 NHL Season|
|Where||US & Canada|
|When||October 10, 2023 - June 2024|
|How to watch||ABC, ESPN, TNT & NHL Center Ice|
|Odds||TOR Maple Leafs +800, COL Avalanche +850, EDM Oilers +900, NJ Devils +1000, CAR Hurricanes +1000|
The Philadelphia Flyers finished seventh of eight teams in the NHL Metropolitan Division.
Philly finished as the seventh-worst NHL team in terms of points in the standings, and four of the Flyers' top ten points scorers left the team this offseason.
The Flyers selected Matvei Michkov, a right-winger from Russia who plays for Sochi on loan from St. Petersburg in Russia's KHL, with the seventh-overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old Michkov has a contract with St. Petersburg through 2026, meaning his NHL debut is a few years away unless Philly buys out the contract.
Tony DeAngelo, Kevin Hayes, Ivan Provorov, and James van Riemsdyk all left the Flyers this offseason as general manager Daniel Briere looks to reshape the team.
Those four players accounted for 47 of the Flyers' 220 goals and 105 of the team's 363 assists last season.
Noah Cates, Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, and Owen Tippett were all in the top 10 of Flyers point scorers last season and all three enter the 2023/24 season younger than 25.
Those four, plus 26-year-old Travis Konecny, will provide the bulk of the Flyers' offense this season.
Head coach John Tortorella would love to see greater production from Rasmus Ristolainen. The Finnish defenceman amassed just 20 points, a long way off of his career high tally of 45 with the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016/17 season.
Adding experience in the form of 37-year-old Marc Staal - who played all 82 games for the Stanley Cup runners up Florida Panthers last season - and 31-year-old Garnet Hathaway will help keep their younger teammates focused in what looks to be a rebuilding year in Philly.
Expect to see the Flyers with one of the worst records in the league by season's end.
It appears that the subtractions will far outweigh the team's additions, and Philly has the sixth-shortest odds for the league's worst record at +800.
No Flyers player is listed in the odds for the Calder Trophy, which honours the NHL's top rookie. The rookies slated to skate for Philadelphia this season include Oliver Bonk, Massimo Rizzo, and Alexis Gendron, and the coaching staff and front office would be thrilled if one of them can play their way into Calder contention.
Totorella has the sixth-longest odds to win the Jack Adams Award for the top head coach at +5000.
Carter Hart is +2500 to win the Vezina Trophy for top goaltender, and he has the 12th-shortest odds for that award.
The Flyers open the season against Tortorella's former team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Oct. 12.
The Flyers' first big rivalry game doesn't come until nearly a month and a half into the season, when they host the New York Islanders on Nov. 22, visit the New York Rangers on Nov. 24, and host the Islanders again on Nov. 25.
The Flyers then host the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 30 before a home-and-home against intrastate rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins. They visit the Penguins on Dec. 2 and host them on Dec. 4.
They will host the Washington Capitals Dec. 14 and are scheduled to visit the Devils Dec. 19.
In 2024, the Flyers play the Penguins on Jan. 8 and Feb 25. They have the Devils on Feb. 17 and the Rangers on March 26, their last regular season game.
All three of the Flyers' clashes with the Boston Bruins come in 2024: on Jan. 27, March 16, and March 23.
John Tortorella is the Philadelphia Flyers' head coach.
He previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks, and the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 19 full seasons as a NHL head coach, Tortorella has had a winning percentage less than .500 just four times.
A 65-year-old from Boston, Tortorella played as a right-winger at the University of Maine and in the American Hockey League and East Coach Hockey League before starting his coaching career.
He took over as Lightning head coach in the middle of the 2000/01 season. Three seasons later, his Lightning team won the Stanley Cup - Tortorella's first and only one so far - and he earned the Jack Adams Award for his part.
Tortorella won his second Adams Award with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2016/17, when he guided them on a 16-game winning streak that stretched from November to January.
Known to be a demanding and confrontational coach, the Flyers brought him in to bring a culture of discipline to the young roster.
Tortorella tends to rotate goalies, something he's done at every team he has coached except for when he had Henrik Lundqvist with the New York Rangers.
Carter Hart got the most games in goal last season with 55, while Felix Sandstrom played 20 games and Samuel Ersson played in 12.
Oliver Bonk (D) (Draft)
Rhett Gardner (C) (Dallas)
Garnet Hathaway (RW) (Boston)
Victor Mete (D) (Toronto)
Ryan Poehling (C) (Pittsburgh)
Massimo Rizzo (C) (Carolina)
Marc Stall (D) (Florida)
Tony DeAngelo (D) (Carolina)
Kevin Hayes (C) (St. Louis)
Brendan Lemieux (LW) (Carolina)
Ivan Provorov (D) (Columbus)