Wilson1975 Since the last cup, don't think its gonna happen anytime soon either. The Flyers are made up of a bunch of goons, even though its not as bad as it was a few years ago they are definitely still goons. I don't see them beating the Capitals in the first round and even if that happens they sure as hell aren't winning the cup.
I'm biased obviously since I'm a fan, but I have to disagree with you here. Will the Flyers win the cup this year? Most likely not. Will they win one soon? No way to know for sure, but looking at their current situation I'd say yes.
First off, the Flyers have Hextall as GM, who has done incredible things for the organization, and I suspect he'll continue to do so. Secondly, they have a whole herd of promising prospects waiting to make their appearance in the pros, many of which will help fill the void in our defensive end. Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, Travis Konecny, Sam Morin, Robert Hagg, to name a few. Plus, Gostisbehere is up with the team now and is playing fantastic, hopefully he continues to do so and stay healthy. The Flyers goal tending situation is also wonderful at the moment. Steve Mason is underrated in my opinion and is a great tendy, and on top of that we have Neuvirth as a backup, who is an absolute stud. Of course none of this means they will win a cup in the next five years for sure, but you can't deny they have one of the best lineup of prospects out of any team in the league. I'd say they will definitely be a contender for the cup soon.
As far as these playoffs go, I think the Flyers are one of the last teams the caps would want to play in the first round. Caps are struggling a bit right now, and the Flyers are playing pretty damn good for the most part. I don't think the Flyers are a pushover in that series by any means. Caps definitely have a lot more talent all around, but I think from what we've seen this season, the Flyers can skate with them. Couturier will be key for the Flyers in shutting down Ovechkin. It'll be tough and physical, but the Flyers are a dangerous team. Now that Ed Snider has passed, I think that will just fuel them even more to play as hard as they can. Take it for what it's worth, but there are some stat nerds out there that have the Flyers beating the Caps in the first round as well.
You call the Flyers goons, I call the Pens a bunch of pussies. Wonderful rivalry, isn't it? The Flyers have weeded out the goons on the team. However, I can't deny the fact that the Pens have a lot of talent, are playing hot right now, and will certainly be a contender for the cup, especially when Fleury gets back in net. As a side note, you guys have a fantastic record without Malkin in the lineup.