2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers season

2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers Season

2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers season

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The 2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Flyers' 41st season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Flyers began the 2007–08 season with the intention of putting the disaster of the previous season behind them. In June, the Flyers made a trade which sent the first round draft pick they had acquired in the Forsberg trade (23rd overall) back to the Nashville Predators for the rights to negotiate with impending unrestricted free agents Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell. Both were signed to six-year contracts. After much speculation as to whether the Flyers would trade the 2nd overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the Flyers stayed put and selected New Jersey native James van Riemsdyk.

The Flyers wasted no time in addressing their free agent needs. On July 1, the Flyers signed Buffalo Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere to an 8-year, $52 million contract. Continuing to revamp their defensive core, Joni Pitkanen and Geoff Sanderson were traded to the Edmonton Oilers for captain Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul. Smith was named Flyers captain on October 1.

The season began in the image of the Broad Street Bullies era, with multiple-game suspensions handed out to 5 separate players, the most serious being 20 and 25-game suspensions to Steve Downie and Jesse Boulerice for two separate incidents. A 7-3 start in October and a 9-3–1 January run had the Flyers near the top of both the division and conference standings. But a disastrous 10-game losing streak...
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