The Flyers didn't do what they wanted to this off-season. They wanted to land the highly-coveted Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, and neither ended up here. They also wanted to re-sign Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle as a plan B, that didn't work-out. So as it stands now, the Flyers aren't looking that mucb better from last year, although they are in no way in trouble.The signings made yesterday of Ruslan Fedontenko and Bruno Gervais are good. Fedotenko will be a third or fourth line player who can kill penalties, and Gervais will be a depth defenseman who may be able to be a regular if he steps up his play a bit.
The defense is crowded right now, so the Flyers may want to consider moving one in a deal for Bobby Ryan. A deal such Jakub Voracek (Rights), Marc-Andre Bourdon and a 1st round pick could be a basis for a deal (The Ducks will probably want more). I think the Flyers need to add another big-scoring threat with the losses of James van Riemsdyk and Jagr.
If a deal for Ryan doesn't work out (which it probably will not), the Flyers should look into adding a veteran winger who can be plugged in on the top-line with good players along-side him (Some of you may know where I'm going with this). That player is Simon Gagne. Now I'm not saying this because I have a man-crush on Gagne (which I kind of do), but because it makes sense. The Kings would probably let Gagne go for a third round pick at this point with all their depth and his sub-par season, so it's not like they need him. They would probably welcome the extra cap-space too. So we wouldn't be giving anything up. He carries a cap-hit of 3.5 million (it replaces what Jagr had), and the Flyers could easily fit him in. Plus it's a win/win. If he is ineffective, the Flyers can just let him walk after the season when he becoms a UFA. Even if Gagne could score 15 goals and gets 40 points, it would be good. He won't need to be a huge threat with all of the Flyers' depth. With the saved money the Flyers could also re-up Voracek, so the Flyers would have other options rather than Gagne in scoring situations. The further development of the young guns will also help on offense, along with Eric Wellwood being a regular player.
As far as the defense goes, the Flyers are OK heading into the season. If Nicklas Grossmann and Brayden Coburn can continue to play well as a shut-down pair, that will be huge. Luke Schenn should be paired with Kimmo Timonen to give him a veteran partner to learn from. Andrej Meszaros would likely pair with the newly-signed Gervais, with Bourdon and Andreas Lilja rotating in.
But should the Flyers want a steadier presence, they could package one of their younger guys and Meszaros for a solid top-four defeseman. Maybe Zach Bogosian? But the Flyers will probably stand-pat with their D and make a move mid-season when need be.