Player News - Flyers

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The Flyers have a top right-handed defenseman on their shopping list.

The Flyers are looking for a defense partner for the young and talented Ivan Provorov. They may not want to spend what it will take to lure free agent John Carlson to Philly, but they may be able to put a competitive package together for Mike Green, who has not ruled out a return to Detroit. Stay tuned.
Jun 16 - 10:24 AM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall isn't planning on trading his first-round draft picks in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

The Flyers own the 14th (from St. Louis) and 19th picks of the first round, but Hextall says it's unlikely that he'll use those selections to move up in the opening round. "I anticipate right now making our picks," Hextall said. "Certainly we would move up if the right deal were there, and we'd look at moving back if the right deal were there, too. It's really hard to project or predict, I don't even know in my mind what might come our way, but I know something will at some point." No matter what he says, everything could change in a hurry if a rival GM makes a great offer on draft night.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 14 - 8:21 PM

It will be interesting to see if the Flyers will be able to sign Wayne Simmonds to a long-term contract.

Simmonds has one more year on his current contract at $3.975 million per season and it will be challenge for the Flyers to re-sign him given the deal Evander Kane inked with the Sharks last month. Kane, a comparable player to Simmonds, agreed to a seven-year, $49 million deal. Of course, Simmonds can help himself by rebounding from an injury-plagued and disappointing season in which he registered 46 points in 75 games.
Jun 9 - 10:24 AM

Valtteri Filppula will be looking for a multi-year contract when he becomes a UFA on July 1.

The 34-year-old veteran is coming off an 11 goal, 33 point season for the Flyers as he has completed his five-year/$25 million deal. Look for the Flyers to offer him a one or two-year deal at best for around $2.5 to 3 million per season. It appears that if that is the offer, Filppula will take his chances on the open market. He has little fantasy value at this stage of his career.
Jun 3 - 7:16 AM

Look for goaltender Carter Hart to start the 2018-19 season in the AHL.

Hart is coming off a sensational season in which he became the first goalie in junior history to be named the CHL goaltender of the year twice. He had a 1.60 GAA and a .947 save percentage for Everett in the tough WHL as well as backstopping Team Canada to a gold medal at the U20 World Championships. "I think they still have to be a little patient," Everett GM Garry Davidson said. "He's just a 19-year-old, he's just played major junior, he's been very successful. But the jump from where we are to the pro game — whether it's either in the American league and then at the NHL level — is a substantial jump. He's going to need some time and I don't know how much time that will be, but we use the word here all the time — you've got to have patience." He is a keeper in fantasy and should be the Flyers goalie for many years to come once he breaks through.
May 28 - 7:48 AM

Carter Hart was named the CHL goaltender of the year for the 2017-18 season.

Hart has become the first goaltender in CHL history to win the award twice after he also captured the award in 2015-16. In 2017-18, the young goaltender led the WHL in goals-against average (1.60), save percentage (.947) and shutouts (seven). He'll go down as one of the best goaltenders in CHL history. Flyers fans are eagerly awaiting his arrival as they hope he can finally solve the revolving door that is their goaltending. The 19-year-old will likely start his first professional campaign in the AHL.
Source: NBC Sports
May 26 - 3:20 PM

Carter Hart doesn't feel the pressure of the high expectations Flyers fans have of him.

Hart looks like the Flyers' goaltender of the future and given the team's history of goaltending struggles that leads right up to the present day, many fans can't wait until the 19-year-old is an NHL starter. That's awfully high expectations to burden him with, but Hart claims he doesn't feel the pressure. "It’s only a pressure if you put it on yourself," Hart said. "I wouldn’t say it’s a pressure at all. It’s what you think. It doesn’t really matter what other people are saying or what they’re thinking. Pressure is really what you make of it." Hart's goal is play in the NHL next season, though it would probably be better for the Flyers' long-term prospects if he got some seasoning in the AHL first.
May 25 - 10:22 AM

Samuel Morin isn't expected to be ready to resume playing until February due to a torn ACL, per Flyers GM Ron Hextall.

Morin sustained the injury while playing in the AHL on May 9th and will require surgery. This terrible news is coming after Morin already missed most of the 2017-18 campaign due to what was believed to be a recurring groin issue. The 22-year-old has so much potential, but unfortunately he's had terrible luck.
May 24 - 4:55 PM

Carter Hart has joined AHL Lehigh for the rest of its playoff run.

Hart led WHL Everett to the WHL Final, where they ultimately fell short. He had a 1.60 GAA and .947 save percentage in 41 WHL regular season games this season, which earned him the Four Broncos Trophy as the WHL's MVP. There's also a good chance that he'll win the CHL Goaltender of the Year award again. Hart probably won't play in the AHL postseason, but being there could still be a good experience for him.
May 23 - 7:54 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that prospect Morgan Frost has been added to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms' playoff roster.

The Phantoms will start their series against the Toronto Marlies Saturday. Frost has signed an amateur tryout, but he may not get a chance to play as he is there for depth purposes. The 19-year-old forward was the 27th overall pick during the 2017 NHL Draft, picking up 42 goals and 112 points in 67 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. He'll get some valuable experience during this Calder Cup run with the Phantoms. Earlier in the off-season, GM Ron Hextall spoke about how he doubts Frost will be able to make the jump to the NHL next season.
May 19 - 4:20 PM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall sees value in keeping Jori Lehtera.

Lehtera will come with a $4.7 million cap hit next season, but only averaged 10:31 minutes per game in 2017-18. His minimal role has led some to feel that he should be bought out so that the Flyers can used the cap space saved to target free agents over the summer. Hextall argues that there's reasons to hold onto Lehtera though. "There’s a lot of reasons you don’t just buy a guy out because he makes a little bit more than that type of role should make," Hextall said. "Jori was a good role player for us. He’s a terrific human being. He works hard. He’s really good with our young kids. There’s a lot more to it than just saying ‘Okay, Jori Lehtera was playing center and playing 8-10 minutes.’" The NHL buyout period isn't until mid-June, so there is time for the Flyers to re-evaluate the situation.
May 17 - 10:11 AM

Samuel Morin will have knee surgery and won't play again this year.

Morin sustained the injury last week during the AHL playoffs while playing for Lehigh Valley. He only played in 15 contests for the Phantoms during the regular season because of what was believed to be a recurring groin issue.
May 16 - 3:56 PM

Samuel Morin suffered an apparent knee injury last Wednesday in the AHL's Calder Cup Playoffs.

It's unclear when Morin will be available to play, but his outlook does not appear to be very good. There is some concern that Morin may not be 100 percent for training camp. Lehigh Valley will play against Toronto in the Eastern Conference Final, starting Saturday.
May 16 - 8:59 AM

Anthony Stolarz (knee) is expected to join the Lehigh Valley Phantoms when the team leaves for Toronto later in the week for the AHL's Eastern Conference Final.

Stolarz re-injured his surgically repaired knee and hasn't played since making his Phantoms season debut on March 24. "I think he's been officially cleared health-wise," coach Scott Gordon said. "I don't want to say I'm 100 percent, but I'm 95 percent he's officially been cleared. He's going to make the trip to Toronto because of it."
May 16 - 8:54 AM

Alex Lyon may be in the running for a roster spot with the Flyers next season.

"We've had a belief in Alex since we signed him," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said Monday. "We liked him at Yale. We went after him hard and had meetings with him and convinced him to come here. We didn't go after him hard because we thought he'd be a good American Hockey League goalie. We went after him hard because we thought he had a chance to play in the NHL. That hasn't changed for us." Lyon posted a 4-2-1 record with a 2.75 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 11 appearances with Philadelphia in 2017-18. He has been excellent since his return to minors and his impressive postseason run with Lehigh Valley of the AHL has seen him post a 6-1 record with a 1.49 GAA and league-best .959 save percentage. The Phantoms will face the first-place Toronto Marlies in the Eastern Conference Final.
May 15 - 10:40 AM


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