NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
There were a number of reasons the Philadelphia Flyers missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, the second time since 1994 they've sat out the postseason.
They attempted to address those issues in the offseason, making big changes in goal and significant additions to the defense and top-six forward groups.
Now it's a question of how the new pieces fit with the holdovers.
"I think the anger and frustration … more the disappointment at the end of the year, but now it's more excitement," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette told NHL.com. "You want to get out there and start playing again. I sense that excitement. It's been a long summer. Nobody likes the long summer. Guys are excited to get back to camp and that's what they've said. … It'll be spirited and passionate."