- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

LAST SEASON: 41-27-14, 96 points. Fifth in Metropolitan Division. Lost to Washington Capitals in first round.

COACH: Dave Hakstol (41-27-14, second NHL season)

ADDED: F Dale Weise, C Boyd Gordon.

LOST: D Evgeny Medvedev; F Ryan White, F R.J. Umberger.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Shayne Gostisbehere. The defenseman burst onto the scene as a rookie with 17 goals and 46 points in just 64 games. With his “Ghost” nickname, he became an instant fan favorite and is one of the core players the Flyers will build around. He has to prove he’s no one-season wonder and his body can hold up for all 82 games.

OUTLOOK: The Flyers are celebrating their golden anniversary with a bang. There are tributes and alumni games planned and few teams showcase their history quite like the Flyers. But it’s been 40 years since the Flyers last won a Stanley Cup and that number should grow by one this year. The Flyers should make the playoffs as a wild-card entry, but winning a series would make this season a success.

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