The last 13 years have been mostly successful for the Flyers. The highlights include a season in 2003-04 when the veteran group led by Jeremy Roenick, Mark Recchi, Leclair and Eric Desjardins reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals under the tutelage of coach Ken Hitchcock before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
After a lockout cancelled the following season, the Flyers made the playoffs in 2005-06, but then suffered the worst season in franchise history in 2006-07, missing the playoffs. The organization rebounded quickly, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2007-08 before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Two years later, Peter Laviolette took over as coach and with Chris Pronger leading the way on defense and Simon Gagne, Danny Briere, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter on offense, the Flyers made ta dramatic run he Cup Finals for the eighth time in 42 seasons. On the way, the Flyers overcame a 3-0 series deficit to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3, including coming from behind 3-0 in Game 7 in Boston to win the Game 4-3 as well. They were just the third team in NHL history and fourth in professional sports history to accomplish the feat. The Flyers eventually lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Finals.
The Flyers have again re-tooled since and although they missed the playoffs in 2013, are excited about a future with such young stars as captain Claude Giroux as well as players like Jake Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and Luke Schenn on defense.