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2013 Flyers Preview: Claude's Crew

Robert Berretta

Robert Berretta

Robert Berretta has a college degree, a dog, a pair of Vibrams, and a French-press coffee maker. When he's not following Philadelphia sports and competing in triathlons, Robert works to improve literacy rates in urban, K-8 schools in Philadelphia, Trenton, and DC.

When you allow more goals than you score, you lose. Or so said Yogi Berra. In any event, that was the story of the Flyers' abridged 2012-13 season. They averaged 2.75 goals per game, but allowed 2.90 goals per game. That 15-hundredth of a goal difference caused the Flyers to miss the postseason for just the second time in the last 18 years.

That simple piece of data suggested the need for upgrades in goal and on the blue line. The Flyers believe they have addressed both. They signed former Blackhawks netminder Ray Emery, wiping away the Ilya Bryzgalov era with a hefty "goodbye check," while also adding veteran defenseman and former Islanders captain Mark Streit.

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