PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Only 16 months ago, Mike Richards hoisted the Eastern Conference championship trophy to a roaring Flyers crowd.
His chance at winning a Stanley Cup in Philadelphia is over.
Same with Jeff Carter. And Brian Boucher. Throw in Ville Leino and Dan Carcillo. All of them gone.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren stripped the roster of so many key cogs in that unforgettable run to the finals in 2010. When they failed to match that feat a year later, Holmgren decided it was time to start over.
He shocked the NHL with a stunning summer that saw goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, Jaromir Jagr, Wayne Simmonds, Max Talbot, Jakub Voracek all wearing the orange-and-black when training camp opened.
The mood is lighter in the locker room. The expectations? No one is quite sure what to expect.