As the 2023-24 season begins for the Leaflets, there is something different about the franchise compared to just a few months earlier, as the 2022-23 season was coming to a close. In many cases, these changes are visible.
There are “new” uniforms that are primarily a throwback to the 90s. There are “new” but familiar faces in the front office. There are signs of the past and the continuation of tradition, such as the return of the double center ice logo. When the Flyers ushered in a new look for the front office with the “New Era of Orange” brand, they ushered in changes at a fundamental level of culture.
This offseason was never going to be about getting to a finished product with the roster. When rebuilding, this will take years to happen. But making these fundamental changes could happen in an instant.
With all of this over and the games about to begin, the question arises: What does success look like for the Flyers in the 2023-24 season? This is a logical question, since the on-ice product should not be in the running.
Success can take many forms.
Over the next six months, as the Flyers play an 82-game schedule, a successful season will see the young players continue to progress. There may be nights where the team’s result, especially in the event of a defeat, is more overshadowed by the individual performance if it represents growth.
At the end of the season, when there are more opportunities for young people to advance to the NHL level, those successes will also be measured.
Success this season can also come from veteran players returning to form, proving their worth and potentially earning the team something in return on the market. If the Flyers are able to add to their multiple first and second round picks that they already possess, it can potentially lead to a successful move in June.
But perhaps the best way for the Flyers to succeed is to move away from 41 games at the Wells Fargo Center and 41 games on the road. It will be within the standard they set during the rebuild. This will allow prospects to continue to grow in the minors. He will monitor prospects at the junior and college levels. It will be Matvei Mishkov watch.
And as the season progresses, for all parts of the organization, success will be in the results, both for individuals and for the team. Success will hardly be measured in wins and losses during this Flyers season, just like it was last year. But this is measured in growth. This is measured by the places occupied by young players throughout the season. And this could be the next stepping stone to the rebuild and the new era the Flyers are trying to build.
Kevin Durso is a Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN. Follow him on social media @Kevin_Durso.
Philadelphia Flyers uniforms through the years