Philadelphia Flyers: No. 60

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Last year's ranking: 67
Title track: 71
Ownership: 49
Coaching: 51
Players: 50
Fan relations: 33
Affordability: 90
Stadium experience: 53
Bang for the buck: 83

It's been 40 long years since the Flyers last hoisted the Cup, but life on the ice in the City of Brotherly Love has proved especially gloomy in recent years. After Philly shipped Scott Hartnell to Columbus for R.J. Umberger, a lesser player with about the same cap hit, Adam Proteau of The Hockey News remarked that the Flyers are essentially the "Game of Thrones" team of the NHL: Every time the fans start to really like a character, the front office kills him off. First, it was Mike Richards, who got shipped to the Kings in the 2011 offseason, with Jeff Carter following suit in 2012 after a pit stop in Columbus. Then future Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky was dealt to Columbus for picks the following year, and James van Riemsdyk was sent to Toronto. Now it's Hartnell. Hey, Claude, Jakub and Wayne, watch your six. The good news? The Flyboys have one of the best players in the world in Claude Giroux. Despite a slow start and an Olympic snub, G rifled home 28 goals and tallied 86 points last season. And there's a lot of talented youth around him in Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds. Andrew MacDonald blocks more shots than most goaltenders, coach Craig Berube seems to be a home run and Steve Mason was effective in the net. Can the Flyers win a Cup with this roster? Is it worth spending the NHL's eighth-highest average cost per game to visit Wells Fargo to see this roster? Considering just one category outside of fan relations did better than 50th, and bang for the buck came in at 83, we are going to say probably not right now. But as long as Ron Hextall doesn't write more characters out of the plot, Philly has a great young base to contend for quite some time.