Last year, the Metropolitan Division contained a glut of average to below-average teams.
Four teams ended up making the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers all joined the playoff party. Eventually, the Rangers caught fire and made it to the end, only to be dispatched by the Los Angeles Kings.
This season, three teams have new coaches, and each team has a serious challenge ahead of them—whether it’s via injury, shortcoming, or unexpected breaking news.
The Flyers have traded left winger Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for winger R.J. Umberger and a fourth round pick in the 2015 draft on Monday.
Umberger, 32, recorded 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points to go along with 26 penalty minutes in 74 regular season games this past season, his sixth with the Blue Jackets. He played three seasons for the Flyers from 2005-2008.
The Flyers got a bit of good news and bad news today.
The bad came earlier in the day when the Flyers found out winger Steve Downie would miss seven to 10 days with an upper-body injury. Surely it was going to impact the lineup for tonight's matchup against Columbus.