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article imagePhiladelphia Flyers hope changes fuel return to playoffs

By Timothy Whitt     Sep 25, 2013 in Sports
Philadelphia - The Flyers went 23-22-3 last season and were 10th in the Eastern Conference with 49 points last season. As a result the Flyers uncharacteristically missed the playoffs for only the second time since 1994
There are a number of reasons the Philadelphia Flyers failed to make the playoffs. Philadelphia’s defense was decimated by injuries, and inconsistent play, overall, doomed the team.
Now with the 2013 - 2014 season only days away the Philadelphia Flyers are hoping to get back to the promised land of the NHL playoffs.
"I think the anger and frustration … more the disappointment at the end of the year, but now it's more excitement," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette told"You want to get out there and start playing again. I sense that excitement. It's been a long summer. Nobody likes the long summer. Guys are excited to get back to camp and that's what they've said. … It'll be spirited and passionate."
In the off-season, the Flyers said goodbye to two of their higher-priced players, Danny Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov, and added some new players like Ray Emery and Vincent Lecavalier
As a result, the talent level appears to have been improved for the orange and black, which has Flyers fans optimistic about the Flyers making the playoffs in the upcoming season.
Of course there are still some questions which need to be answered. Will the new look team take some time to gel and become consistent? How will the new players fit in the with hold overs? Who will be in goalie, Emery or Mason?
In won't take long for all the questions to be answered because the new-look Flyers will debut in the regular season — ready or not — vs. Toronto on Oct. 2.
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