There is good news for the Philadelphia Flyers. Ilya Bryzgalov is not nearly as bad as he played last season. In 2013 fans should fill the stands at Wells Fargo Center ready to cheer on the multi-millionaire netminder as he attempts to repair the damage to his reputation. The other good news for those sporting Philadelphia Flyers tickets is that the roster is ready to compete for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and the NHL’s most valued piece of metal, the Stanley Cup.
This is not the traditional deep hockey team with a star-studded Top Six at forwards and Top Four on the blueline. This is a club with depth reaching down to the third line on the front line and a solid pair of veterans playing with a young star in the making as the defensemen.
The forwards conversation begins with Claude Giroux. Giroux almost eclipsed 100 points last time on the ice and in 2013 it is only the brief schedule keeping him from going triple digit. He has Scott Hartnell on his right ready to boost his assist totals. Sean Couturier and Matt Read will be pivotal to the depth of this offensive machine. One will be the wing with Danny Briere at center and the other will be leading the third line. Brayden Schenn will likely move from center to the left wing too. Brayden is another talented youngster ready to prove his worth to the fans.
Brayden welcomed his brother Luke to the Wells Fargo Center over the offseason. Luke Schenn had been in Toronto, but he arrives as an offensive-minded defenseman to replace the concussed Chris Pronger. It will be Andreas Meszaros job to play defense full time with Schenn on the first line. Defenseman Kimmo Timonen is a blueliner adept on the offensive end and the leader of the defensemen on the second line.
All this, the goalie searching for redemption, the star searching for respect, and the young talent searching for glory, is the reason Philadelphia Flyers hockey tickets are going to be available for a very deep postseason run, if not an Atlantic Division title.