Ed Snider was in great spirits Friday afternoon at his annual “Meet the Flyers” at XFinity Live!
He said that the sting of failing to make the playoffs last spring dogged on him right into the fall until …“now.”
“Now, I’m excited because we’re starting a new season and it’s going to be a great season,” the Flyers’ chairman said.
Players reported to training camp in very good shape, and those returning from last year’s club feel they owe themselves -- not just the fan base -- to make up for the disappointment after the lockout.
“Last year was definitely a fluke,” Snider said. “Anything that could go wrong did. We didn’t have a great rapport among all our players.”
That was a subtle shot at goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who was bought out and had a number of detractors in the locker room the entire time he was here.
Snider says this team, which added Mark Streit, Ray Emery and Vinny Lecavalier to the mix, is a happier bunch.
“You see the camaraderie now, you feel it,” he said. “We had a golf tournament the other day and the guys were spectacular. I just think we’re in for really wonderful things this year.
“I’m excited about all three newcomers and some of kids … our goaltending situation, I think is solid and I’d be very disappointed if it’s not.”
That would Emery and Steve Mason.
Snider said he could not think of any single issue on the team going into the preseason. Last year, the Flyers were simply dogged by injuries all through the lockout and right into the season.
For now, they are healthy for the most part. Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon is still having post-concussion syndrome issues. Snider said Bourdon would go on LTIR along with Chris Pronger in October.