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2013 Flyers Preview: Wingers

Back when Flyers centers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were dealt to Los Angeles, it was to clear an overabundance at the center position to bring in true, talented wingers.

Those trades hauled in two very important wingers in Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds, setting the stage towards finding legitimate, true wingers.

While there may not be a significant amount of transition from last year to this year in terms of wingers, losing veteran returners Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble to free agency opened two spots for the Flyers' youth to earn.

Many of the incumbent wingers will be wearing orange and black for the next several seasons.

(Photo: Flyers RW Jakub Voracek has a lot to smile about heading into this season, including being a top-line winger on a high-scoring team. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 4: The Shortened Season

Every single player, coach, owner, fan and analyst knew what to expect during the shortened 2013 season.

Unlike the marathon of a regular 82-game schedule is for these athletes every season, the 48-game post-lockout season was going to be a mad scramble from the starting line.

Imagine a bunch of marathon runners running a sprint. That was the 2013 Flyers and it went about as poorly as you could have imagined it to go.

What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 3: Decimated By Injuries

In sports, the phrase "injuries are part of the game" is used quite often. However, the popular phrase took on a whole new meaning for the Philadelphia Flyers during the shortened 2012-2013 regular season.

To put things into perspective, the Flyers lost 264 man games to injury or illness.

Some things were known heading into the season such the fact that defenseman Chris Pronger wouldn't see any action as he recovers from a concussion. The Flyers didn't have quite as much depth at the forward position as they did the season prior.

(Scott Hartnell. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

NY Islanders Fall To The Philadelphia Flyers 2-1

Isles fall to the Flyers in Philly, leaving them in the 8th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference

Flyers Team Awards: Voracek Takes Home MVP, Most Improved

Before Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders, the Flyers handed out their annual team awards.

The following is the list of awards and the winners for the 2013 season.

(Pictured: Jakub Voracek. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Mason Stones Bruins in 5-2 Win

Steve Mason is continuing his strong case as the Flyers top goaltender for next season.

On a night honoring the city of Boston with pregame festivities, auctioned jerseys and a rousing edition of "Sweet Carolina," Mason stole the show to stone the Bruins and give the Flyers a huge win.

Mason stopped 39 shots for his third win in a Flyers jersey, leading the Flyers to a 5-2 win Tuesday night.

(Pictured: Steve Mason. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers Honor Bruins Tonight

The Flyers will honor the city of Boston tonight with patches, decals and donations. But it will all be business once the puck drops against one of their inter-division rivals.

Jagr's Presence Missed in Philly; Returns Tuesday

The Flyers found themselves in a tough position this past offseason, and that was whether to re-sign Jaromir Jagr or not.

The cons of bringing back the 41-year-old right winger out-weighed the pros for the Flyers front office at the time and the decided to part ways with the future Hall of Famer. They were concerned about his age and health during another long season, two factors the Flyers saw first-hand during the 2011-12 season.

Unfortunately for them, they made their decision before it was known there would be a 48-game season as opposed to the normal 82-game schedule due to a lockout and it may have cost the Flyers big time.

Jagr made his decision where to go in the off season, signing with the Dallas Stars for a one-year, $4.55 million back in July, well before it was even known what fate the 2012-2013 season would have.

(Pictured: Jaromir Jagr during warm-ups before a game against the Devils on April 10. Photo by Mike Ashmore)

Hartnell's Hat Trick, Three-Point Nights for Giroux, Voracek Lead Flyers

The Flyers offense woke up in a big way, but it may have been little too late.

With playoffs well out of reach, the Flyers exploded out of their four-game losing skid and scoring funk to beat the Canadiens, 7-3, Monday night.

The Flyers have had a problem with scoring lately but they shook that off early. Just over two minutes into the game, Wayne Simmonds created a scoring chance to put the Flyers up 1-0.

Simmonds followed his own rebound with another shot on net. The puck was then deflected in off the stick of Sean Couturier to get past Carey Price to put the Flyers on the board first.

(Pictured: Scott Hartnell scores in the 2nd period. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Holmgren Tells Inquirer Laviolette Will Not Get Fired

It's going to be a longer off season for the Flyers than they're used to.

Among the topics heading into the off season is the job security of head coach Peter Laviolette. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren reassured the safety of his head coach.

Via Sam Carchidi's article this morning:

"I haven't even thought along those lines," Holmgren told The Inquirer in a phone conversation. "I think it's been a difficult year because of the situation. We haven't had our whole team all year. I don't blame the coaches.