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.