Fletcher traded for Braun and Niskanen, signed Hayes to a big contract, got a one year bounce out of AV.
Briere traded Provorov, for 1st, (2) 2nds, Walker, Grans and a salary dump, Hayes and TDA for 5th, 6th, Rizzo and the cap room to carry Pederson, signed Hathaway and Poehling to low cost deals, and Torts has a history of sustained improvement (TB, CBJ).
Difference is Flyers both improved and added assets - and they're pretty clear they won't be buying rentals at the TDL.
Bummer for those fixated on a tank, but for those who think you can improve with coaching, scouting and development,a big win. Flyers are getting great production out of young players, they either extend Walker on a reasonable deal or move him at the TDL, move Seeler at the TDL if Zamula is deemed ready, etc. At worst they stand pat, make the playoffs and still have (2) 1st rd picks and Gauthier, Bonk and Michkov in the pipeline.