As Kevin Garnett would say, anything is possible. But it sure isn't likely unless they can find a #1 defenseman somewhere, and a #2 center (assuming Lecavalier stays on the wing). Maybe Schenn or Couturier could be that #2, but maybe not.
I was only using Boston as a example. What I am really asking is it possible for the Flyers to be contenders in the following season? And if so what could they do from now to get to that point?
And I was pointing out that that example has no relevance.
The NHL is different. Most teams that can have a one year turnaround to some degree either have young, developing youth that are hitting their stride (a la Colorado) or they simply just needed a retool. With some very intelligent roster moves maybe a retool could do, but at the moment the D needs a complete overhaul (especially once the season is done and Timonen is pretty much done). The forward group is a bit of a mystery or enigma at this point.
When the last time the Flyers switched it all around in one season they had Peter Forsberg to trade, a buyer that was very interested, and they gambled on some free agent rights that worked out in their favor. We don't have Peter Forsberg to trade right now and it's unlikely things will work out as perfectly as they did that season turnaround.
The problem with Boston before this year was that they loaded up on talent and had no cohesion within the team. This past year they brought in a lot of good clubhouse guys and who helped the team become closer and resurrected the careers of a few of their key players (Ortiz, Koji, Victorino, even Lackey)
That type of turnaround is hard to do unless you want to blow up the team which Boston did when they traded Crawford and Gonzalez to L.A. I don't see the Flyers blowing this team up again any time soon. I think they'll be better next year, but probably not as improved as the Red Sox werw
It's possible, just as it was possible for the Sox to do it. But it's also highly unlikely, and it was pretty unlikely for the Sox.
What gives us hope is that like the '12 Red Sox, these Flyers are (I hope) better talent-wise than their record currently indicates. The Sox lost 93 games in 2012 and finished last, but there were a lot of contributing factors to that beyond the actual talent on the filed, as evidenced by the 2011 team winning 90 games despite completely imploding in September. They had injuries, a knucklehead for a manager, and chemistry issues they needed to address. The Flyers had a solid squad as recently as 2011-12, last year was an odd situation with the lockout along with them being decimated by injuries, particularly on D. So the recipe is there...they could even turn this season around. The goaltending seems to be better, jury's still out on the D, and there's a track record with the group of forwards that suggests the scoring should come around to some degree.
Basically I'm saying probably not, but if some things break there way it's definitely possible.