Next Flyers season will not be fun. They are finally rebuilding. That is a good thing. They are in the midst of trading a lot of their players to gear up for a long rebuild. Eventually it should pay off with a better product. But that wont make the product on the ice next season any better. They are going to be bad next year, by design. We will not get to see many wins. To be fair, we don’t want to see many of them. So when the Flyers released their schedule for next season, it was not met with the same zeal.

That schedule is out now though, and there are some interesting games within it.

Just because it may be a bad season, doesn’t mean there are no games worth looking forward to. Yes, it will be a tough season, but there are some games worth putting on the calendar to check out, even if it is because you want to see the other team. There will be good hockey players from other teams worth going out to see. Connor Bedard will be playing in Philly at some point. There will be games for the Flyers that could still be a fun time. Even if it is only to root for the other team because the Flyers are competing with them for the top pick.

The team record is going to be bad. But we should still try to enjoy hockey in this town as much as possible.

Here are 7 games on the Flyers schedule you can look forward to, despite it being a rebuilding season:

  • Oct. 12th - Season Opener at Columbus Blue Jackets

    The season opener is obviously always worth looking forward to. It is the return of hockey. It may end up being not so great hockey. But it is still hockey. Though the opponent may drum up some not-so-great memories of our former GM. Columbus is where Johnny Gaudreau wound up after Chuck Fletcher couldn’t bring him to Philly. Plus, it will be the first time they see Provorov after trading him.

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 20: Johnny Gaudreau #13 of the Columbus Blue Jackets spins away from Noah Cates #49 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at the Wells Fargo Center on December 20, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Blue Jackets 5-3.

    (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • Oct. 17th - Home Opener vs Vancouver Canucks

    Likewise, the Home Opener is another game always worth looking forward to. They will face the Canucks this year when they play their first game at the Wells Fargo Center.  Even if the product isn’t great, the home opener is always a good time. it will be a packed house, and even if the game doesn’t go our way, it should still be a fun time just by virtue of being opening day. Losing may make it even better actually, since it is what we want them to do. 

    Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers

    (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

  • Oct 24th- Flyers on the Road vs the Golden Knights

    Want to see what a good hockey team looks like? They will get that chance when they travel to Vegas to play the reigning champions. A team that in just several years of existence have done what the Flyers haven’t been able to do in 50. Hell, they have played in two Stanley Cups in that time. As far as road trips worth taking to see the Flyers, this is probably top of the list. You likely wont get to the see a win, but you will see one really good team at least. And going to Vegas is never a bad time either. 

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 13: Logan Thompson #36 of the Vegas Golden Knights hoists the Stanley Cup after the team's 9-3 victory over the Florida Panthers in Game Five of the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 13, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won the series four games to one.

    (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • November 19th- Provorov's First Game Back in Philly

    As mentioned, they will play Ivan Provorov for the first time to open the season. But the first time he returns to the Flyers will be November 19th. Ivan was supposed to be the next great defender for the Flyers. Instead he kind of fizzled out here. Was it that he was just not that good? Or did the Flyers fail to make use of his talents. Either way, it should make for a decent storyline when he returns to Philly. 

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 28: Ivan Provorov #9 of the Philadelphia Flyers controls the puck against Sean Farrell #57 of the Montreal Canadiens in the third period at the Wells Fargo Center on March 28, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2.

    (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

  • Dec 7th- On the Road vs Coyotes

    The goal of the season is to get the best draft pick possible. One of their greatest competitors for the best odds in the lottery will be the Coyotes. A franchise so in the dumps they don’t even have a real building to play in. This may be a game you want to tune into, just to see how it impacts the Flyers chances in the lottery.  

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 05: Morgan Frost #48 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Patrik Nemeth #2 of the Arizona Coyotes at Wells Fargo Center on January 05, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

  • January 23rd- Lightning Come to Town

    Keith Jones told us that the Lightning are one of the teams you should try to emulate when building a team. They didn’t make much noise this year, going out early in the playoffs. But before that they were in the last 3 Stanley Cups, and won two of them. Not a bad team to try in follow the footsteps of. So it may be worth paying attention to them when they come to town.  Becaus what the Lighniting have turned into as a franchise is how Keith Jones is modelling this team’s rebuild. 

    TAMPA, FLORIDA - APRIL 29: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal in the third period during Game Six of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Amalie Arena on April 29, 2023 in Tampa, Florida.

    (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

  • Feb 17th- Stadium Series Game at Met Life vs the Devils

    Despite the meager expectations for the Flyers this season, they are in one of the Stadium Series games this year. They will take on the Devils at Met Life Stadium in February. Weather can sometimes ruin these games. But it is a cool sight to see when mother nature cooperates. If you haven’t been before, Met Life Stadium is not that difficult to get to via train. Even if the game doesn’t go the Flyers way, it could still be a fun night at Met Life. 

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 26: A general view of the exterior of MetLife Stadium is seen before the New York Jets take on the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on October 26, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

  • March 30th- Connor Bedard Comes to Philly

    The Flyers did not win the Connor Bedard sweepstakes. They weren’t bad enough this past year, and he is going to the Blackhawks instead. But we will at least get a chance to watch him play in person. The Blackhawks, along with Connor Bedard, are playing in Philly at the end of March. When your team is as bad as the Flyers will be this season, you plan what games you go to more around who the other team is. And with how special Connor Bedard could be, that is the type of game worth going to.

    Connor Bedard #16 of Team Canada skates during the third period against Team Czech Republic in the gold medal round of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship at Scotiabank Centre on January 5, 2023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Team Canada defeated Team Czech Republic 3-2 in overtime and become the 2023 IIHF World Junior Champions.

    (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

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