Player News - Flyers

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Jakub Voracek apparently played a big role in recruiting Michal Neuvirth, who signed a two-year, $3.25 million deal with the Flyers this summer.

Voracek doesn't feel that he was the one to convince Neuvirth to move to Philadelphia, but Neuvirth seems to see things differently. "I met Jake and we talked about things here and he said all good things about the Flyers," Neuvirth recalled. "He wanted me to come here. I think it made him happy when I signed here. ... He was the reason I signed here." He'll serve as Steve Mason's understudy in 2015-16 and is projected to play in around 25 games assuming both netminders stay relatively healthy.
Aug 31 - 5:29 PM

Shayne Gostisbehere is projected to start the 2015-16 in the minors.

He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last season that is expected to delay his entry into the NHL. "I haven't played a lot of games since college, and I just want to get out there - feel the game, make some plays, get hit, hit someone - and just have some fun out there," said Gostisbehere. He appeared in just two games with the Flyers and five with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL last year. Gostisbehere said his knee feels like it's 100 percent and he's ready to get back to playing.
Aug 27 - 3:55 PM

Samuel Morin is hoping to crack Philadelphia's roster this season.

"Last year, I was one of the last cuts, so I think I have a good chance," Morin said. "So I have to try to do the same. I know I have more of a chance to go to the AHL as a first-year pro, but for sure I'm going to go to camp and give it everything because I want to make the team this year." He added that if he gets sent down, he will work hard to get a call up. Morin has gained 23 pounds since the Flyers selected him 11th overall in 2013. The 6-foot-6, 228-pound defenseman has plenty of veteran and prospect competition to stick with Philadelphia, so some increased ice time in the minors to hone his skills would probably be beneficial.
Aug 27 - 3:08 PM

Wayne Simmonds is hoping to hit the 30-goal mark in 2015-16.

"Thirty is a definite goal for me," he said. "I've come close a couple of times. As long as we're winning games and making the playoffs, I really don't care how many I get." Simmonds recorded 28 goals in 2011-12, 29 in 2013-14 and he hit 28 last season. He'll probably get close again this campaign, with plenty coming by way of the power play.
Source: Yahoo
Aug 26 - 6:20 PM

Daniel Briere said he is comfortable with his decision to retire.

"I still love the game and I wish I was still playing (but) it wasn’t just about myself and about playing," said Brière, who looks forward to getting closer to his three sons. "There’s no doubt in my mind. I’m very comfortable with the decision. I feel like it’s time and I’m making the right decision." He finishes his career with 307 goals and 696 points.
Aug 23 - 7:38 AM

Brady Robinson has been hired by the Philadelphia Flyers to serve as the team's goaltending development coach.

Robinson worked with new goalie coach Kim Dillabaugh at the Flyers' prospect development camp last month and it was suspected that he would get a job within the organization. His previous job came with the Victoria Royals of the WHL and he has 19 years of coaching experience. Robinson will probably help out the minor-league prospects at Lehigh Valley and Reading.
Aug 21 - 2:21 PM

Daniel Briere has announced his retirement.

He appeared 973 regular-season games over his 17-year career. Briere registered 307 goals and 696 points during that span with the Coyotes, Sabres, Flyers, Canadiens and Avalanche. We wish him the best in his retirement.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 17 - 10:18 AM

Michael Raffl is a player to look out for in the upcoming 2015-2016 season.

Although Raffl tallied just 28 points in 67 games played last season, he was able to notch 21 goals. He also may be given the chance to skate on the Flyers top line alongside Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. During Philadelphia’s last 10 games last year, Raffl played with the Flyers top duo 72% of the time scoring four goals and adding an assist. If he is able to hold this spot down on the first line, Raffl has the ability to score 25 plus goals without hurting owners in plus/minus or penalty minutes. Target him in the last few rounds of fantasy drafts as he’s worth the risk.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 8 - 10:17 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Chris Porter to a one-year, two-way contract.

The 31-year-old scored one goal and two points in 24 games with the St. Louis Blues last season. Porter also had one assist in three Stanley Cup playoff games in 2015. He won't add much (if anything) from a fantasy perspective, so you can safely ignore him on draft day.
Aug 8 - 11:28 AM

Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall likes the signing of goalie Michal Neuvirth because he makes for a good insurance policy.

"He's a proven goalie. He's a good goalie," Hextall said. "I think one of the attractive things for us with a backup goalie is, God forbid something happens to [Steve] Mason, he can carry the load and he's done that in the past. We think we've brought in a real good goalie that's going to give us a real solid backup. I'm sure he's going to probably play more than the typical backup." Neuvirth is capable of taking some pressure away from Mason and playing between 25-30 games.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 7 - 7:08 PM

The pairing of Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux is expected to be an integral part of the Philadelphia Flyers for several years.

Voracek is signed through the 2024 and Giroux's current deal doesn't expire until 2022. They combined for 154 points last season, with Voracek accounting for 59 assists (second in the NHL) and 81 points in 82 games. "I think we can get better because we've gotten better every single year we've played together so far," Voracek said. "So I don't see the reason why we can't get better." He added that the duo could've been more consistent for periods of the 2014-15 campaign, which he is aiming to correct this year. New coach Dave Hakstol may experiment with his lines, but Voracek and Giroux will probably start the season on the same unit.
Aug 7 - 2:02 PM

After signing a new six-year contract with the Flyers earlier this week, Sean Couturier said he doesn't want to change his style of play, but he would like to produce more offensively.

"I'm really looking forward to coming to camp and trying to take another step forward," he said. "I'm not going to change as a player or as a person. I'm going to be the same type of player and just try to definitely produce a little more offensively." The 22-year-old scored 15 goals and 37 points in 82 games with the Flyers last season.
Aug 1 - 10:47 AM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall isn't planning on re-signing Brayden Schenn yet.

Schenn will still be a restricted free agent next summer, so it's not imperative that the Flyers sign him in the near future. That being said, the question was raised after Philadelphia handed Sean Couturier a six-year, $25.98 million contract. Schenn still has a lot to prove, so determining fair value for him on a long-term deal would be challenging. He had 18 goals and 47 points in 82 contests last season.
Jul 31 - 10:56 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Jakub Voracek to an eight-year, $66 million contract.

That's a $8.25 million annual cap hit, although it won't kick in until 2016-17 as Voracek still has a season left on his existing four-year, $17 million deal. He had 81 points in 82 contests last season, so as long as he maintains that high level of play, that high cap hit will look justified. That's not a terrible bet for Philadelphia to make and we don't really find fault with the Flyers locking up one of the league's top forwards for the long haul.
Jul 30 - 6:00 PM

Sean Couturier has inked a six-year, $26 million extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Couturier still has a year left on his existing deal, so he's now locked up through 2021-22. Couturier has established himself as a solid defensive center, but whether or not this deal will be viewed as a bargain will be dependent on his ability to grow offensively. Although he excelled with the puck at the junior level, he's never recorded more than 39 points in a single NHL season. Still, he's just 22 years old, so it's not unreasonable to believe that he'll continue to improve over the next few seasons.
Jul 28 - 5:12 PM


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