The Philadelphia Flyers had a promising 2008-2009 campaign. They were able to score consistently, get solid blue-line production, and win in spite of average goaltending. The Flyers finished fifth in the Eastern Conference and lost to Pittsburgh in the first round despite outplaying the eventual Stanley Cup champions. This year, the Flyers should improve, as they were able to acquire coveted defenseman Chris Pronger and many of their young stars on offense and defense continue to improve.
I would necessarily agree that the Flyers outplayed the Penguins in the first round...they played well for the most part but the Pens seemed to step up when it counted...and that is the mark of a champion.
I think Giroux is going to need to prove that he can perform at, or above, the level we saw last year towards the end of the regular season and playoffs to be able to replace some of the goal scoring we lost. They have a good chance if everything falls into place.