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2005-06 Finish: 45-26-11, 5th East
General Manager: Bob Clarke (11th Season)
Head Coach: Ken Hitchcock (4th Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 267
2005-06 Goals Against: 259
2005-06 Power Play: 18.0% (16th)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 79.1% (27st)
Points Leader: Simon Gagne (79)
Goals Leader: Simon Gagne (47)
Assists Leader: Peter Forsberg (56)

Offseason Moves: Signed centre Marty Murray, who had been in Germany, to a one-year contract; signed right wing Brad Tapper, who had been in Germany, to a one-year contract; signed defenceman Nolan Baumgartner, who had been with the Vancouver Canucks, to a two-year contract; signed defenceman Lars Jonsson, who had been in Sweden, to a one-year contract; agreed to terms with centre Randy Robitaille, who had been with the Minnesota Wild, on a one-year contract; agreed to terms with centre Mark Cullen, who had been with the Chicago Blackhawks, on a one-year contract; signed defenceman Martin Grenier, who had been with the New York Rangers, to a one-year contract; signed left wing Boyd Kane, who had been with the Washington Capitals, to a one-year contract; signed centre Daniel Corso, who had been in Germany, to a one-year contract; signed left wing Geoff Sanderson, who had been with the Phoenix Coyotes, to a two-year contract.

Goaltending: The Flyers have two capable starters in Robert Esche and Antero Niittymaki, and don't expect either goalie to be happy as a backup. The netminders put up similar numbers in wins (Esche - 22, Niittymaki - 23), goals against average (both with 2.97), and save percentage (Esche - .897, Niittymaki - .895) last season. Having two quality goalies is always a good asset, and don't be surprised if one of them is traded in an effort to address other roster needs.

Defence: Size and toughness are the strengths on the Flyers' blueline. Denis Gauthier, Derian Hatcher and Mike Rathje all stand above 6-3, play a scrappy, intimidating brand of defence and love landing big hits everywhere on ice. The team also has a solid core of offensive-minded defencemen. Joni Pitkanen (46 points in 58 games last year), and Freddy Meyer (27 points in 57 games) are capable of putting points on the board, while 22 of Nolan Baumgartner's 34 points last year came on the power play.

Forwards: Peter Forsberg's resume speaks for itself, and the Flyers need him at full strength to make a competitive run. The Flyers found out in July that Forsberg won't need a second off-season ankle surgery, which moves his potential return up to October from January. Youngsters R.J. Umberger, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards also made big contributions, but it was veteran Simon Gagne who had this team buzzing. He took his game up another level last season, setting career highs in goals (47) and points scored (79) despite missing 10 games. Mike Knuble was a great signing by the team last year and also set career highs in goals (34) and points (65). The third and fourth lines should also be strong, with Kyle Calder joining centre Petr Nedved and defensive shadow Sami Kapanen.

Welcome to the NHL: Ryan Potulny was a third-round pick by the Flyers in 2003, and has loads of offensive potential. He was a standout in three seasons with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, scoring 118 points in 100 games. He played two games with the Flyers last year (with one assist), and should get more playing time in 2006-07. Peterborough Petes forward Steve Downie played with an edge at the World Junior Hockey Championship, throwing big hits, working the boards and playing well in crucial moments of the tournament. That should get him a longer look at training camp.
 
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