I think it depends on Crosby, really. If he plays this season, then the Flyers won't win the Atlantic so they'll be somewhere from 4-8. But if Crosby doesn't play, the Atlantic is pretty wide open. Probably a three horse race between PHI, NYR, and PIT and I could see Philly coming out on top.
Entirely dependent on how Pronger and Timonen fare as far as both health and performance goes. If they're healthy and don't regress then our defense and goaltending will be in great shape and our offense should be good enough offensively. If they don't fare well then our team defensively, as a whole, is going to suck hard, which will greatly affect our goaltending and our offense isn't good enough offensively to offset that.
So, yeah, ask me again when I see how they're doing.
Normally I have a pretty good handle on this. However this season coming up I am totally clueless To many question marks. But I like what the organization is doing and I cannot wait to see these guys in some game action together. Especially once Pronger gets back in the mix.
Just picked up the THN yearbook. Flyers slated to finish 4th (behind Washington, Boston, and Pitt, in that order) in the conference and have 8-1 odds at winning it all according to them. They also have Washignton winning it all. I think that is a fair prediction. I doubt they do better than Washington and Boston, but if Pitt doesn't have Crosby I can see the Flyers wining the Atlantic.