It has been seven years since the Philadelphia Flyers won a playoff series, and that streak stayed in the spotlight last season when the team missed the post-season for the fourth time in that span. Considering Philadelphia has only failed to make the playoffs 12 times in its 52-year history, the current drought is significant.
Along the way last year, GM Ron Hextall was replaced by Chuck Fletcher and three coaching changes eventually resulted in Alain Vigneault’s hiring. Fletcher waited until the off-season to make noteworthy changes – trading for right-shot defensemen Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun, and overpaying center Kevin Hayes after acquiring his rights from Winnipeg. All this with the hope of returning to playoff contention and maybe even advancing beyond the first round. Flyers ...
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