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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they've signed prospect Radel Fazleev to an Entry Level Contract. Financial terms have not yet been released.

Fazleev, still just 19 years old out of Russia, was the 168th overall in 2014's Entry Draft. Fazleev had a career season in his second campaign with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, registering 18 goals and 51 points in 71 games. He also tallied four goals and 14 points in 17 postseason games as Calgary peaked at the Eastern Conference Final.
May 28 - 10:28 PM

Former long-time NHL head coach, and bench boss of the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms Terry Murray would accept an offer to be a Flyers assistant coach once again next season.

Murray has guided the Phantoms to an underwhelming 94-101-23 record over the last three seasons, and was last an NHL coach with the LA Kings in 2011-12. Unfortunately for Murray, he was ousted just 29 games into what turned out to be a Stanley Cup winning season. Murray said that he is "very realistic where things are in the game and my age now and years of experience I have in the game." Noting that he would "absolutely" embrace being Dave Hakstol's assistant. Murray does have experience specifically as a Flyers assistant coach, having spent 2003-09 in the position.
May 28 - 7:42 PM

Chris VandeVelde played four seasons at the University of North Dakota under new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol.

"I was at the rink working out when I found out. I was happy for him and pretty excited," said VandeVelde, who has skated the last two years for Philadelphia. "I definitely think we grew a good relationship. Coming in as a freshman you don't really know what to expect and he taught me a lot, and that relationship kind of grew through the four years there." He appeared in 72 games with the Flyers in 2014-15 and won the team's most improved player award.
May 27 - 6:43 PM

Restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto and the Philadelphia Flyers have begun negotiation a contract extension.

The Flyers however have a glut of NHL defensemen, with seven already on the roster including newly signed veteran Yevgeny Medvedev. Del Zotto represents something the Flyers are short on, youth and scoring talent. Still only entering his age-25 season, Del Zotto re-emerged with his best season of 32 points since 2011-12 while leading all Philadelphia blue liners with 10 goals. Del Zotto is coming off a one-year $1.3M contract, and has dinged the cap as much as $2.55M as recently as 2013-14.
May 23 - 6:05 PM

Sean Couturier finished the 2015 World Championships with three goals and seven points in 10 games.

Couturier won a gold medal with Team Canada. "Being a part of that experience, I would've done whatever was asked of me," Couturier said. "I was lucky enough to play my natural position. The players are so good there, it's easy to adjust to anything. It was such a different atmosphere than when you're with a group of guys for six or seven months. Everyone left their egos on the side and chipped in the same." Couturier went on to describe the tournament as the best hockey experience of his young career. The fact that it went so well for him on both a team and individual level should be a nice confidence boost going into the 2015-16 campaign.
May 22 - 11:11 AM

Aaron Palushaj has signed with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Details of the contract weren't immediately disclosed. He suited up in 68 games with Montreal, Colorado and Carolina before heading to the KHL for the 2014-15 campaign. He played for Medvescak Zagreb and Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, where he posted seven goals and 21 points in 53 games.
May 21 - 12:02 PM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall isn't confident that the coaching change will help Vincent Lecavalier.

Philadelphia recently replaced coach Craig Berube with Dave Hakstol. "Hasn't worked for Vinny, hasn't worked for us. At this point ... a new coach probably hasn't changed anything," Hextall said. That's a surprisingly grim assessment of the situation and it suggests that Hextall is committed to getting rid of Lecavalier. Whether or not he'll be successful remains to be seen, but we have our doubts given the three seasons left on Lecavalier's five-year, $22.5 million deal.
May 20 - 5:26 PM

Erik Gustafsson is interested in returning to Philadelphia, but the feeling isn't mutual.

The Flyers simply don't have a roster spot available for him at this time, especially after they signed Yevgeni Medvedev to a one-year, $3 million contract. Gustafsson had six goals and 22 points in 56 KHL contests in 2014-15.
May 20 - 4:32 PM

Evgeni Medvedev's one-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers is worth $3 million.

That's a significant risk for Philadelphia given that the team wasn't exactly swimming in cap space to begin with. Medvedev, 32, has never played professionally in North America. He might end up being a solid defensive defenseman at the NHL level, but we don't expect him to do much offensively.
May 20 - 3:42 PM

Yevgeni Medvedev has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Medvedev had three goals, 16 points, and 26 penalty minutes in 43 KHL games with Kazan Ak-Bars in 2014-15. He's 32 years old and this is his first attempt to play professionally in North America. We're not optimistic about his chances of having fantasy value in standard leagues.
May 20 - 1:11 PM

Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider has high hopes for new bench boss Dave Hakstol.

The selection of Hakstol raised some eyebrows because of his lack of NHL experience in a market where there's a lot of veteran coaches. Hakstol has spent the last 11 seasons as the University of North Dakota's head coach. "I'm hoping in this case we have another Mike Babcock," Snider said. "I'm hoping he will be here for a long, long time. We do know the statistics exist and the shelf life isn't long and he had a lifetime job [in college]."
May 19 - 10:22 AM

Dave Hakstol has been named Philadelphia's new head coach.

He has served as the bench boss at the University of North Dakota for the last 11 seasons, where he compiled a 289-143-43 record. North Dakota made the NCAA Tournament each season and reached the Frozen Four seven times. "Dave brings a wealth of head coaching experience and success to the Philadelphia Flyers organization," GM Ron Hextall said. "He's a proven winner and we are pleased to have him become part of the Flyers family." The Flyers fired Craig Berube on April 17 after the team failed to qualify for the playoffs.
May 18 - 10:45 AM

Jakub Voracek took hold of the Czechs' scoring lead with a goal in Sunday's 4-2 victory over Germany.

While the venerable Jaromir Jagr leads the team in goals with four, it's Voracek who tops the table with seven points (three goals).
May 10 - 8:18 PM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall wants to sign Jakub Voracek to a contract extension, but with plenty of time to spare, it seems like it's not currently a priority.

Voracek still has a season left on his four-year, $17 million deal. "We'll get to work on it," Hextall said. "We'd like to keep Jake as part of the future here and certainly a building block and a core player. We've got other things going on right now, but when the time comes, we'll get busy and hopefully get Jake signed." Voracek is due for a big raise after recording 62 points in 2013-14 and then 81 points in 2014-15.
May 8 - 11:38 AM

Jakub Voracek picked up an assist in the Czech Republic's 5-1 win over France in round robin action at the IIHF World Championship on Thursday.

Ondrej Nemec notched two goals and one assist, while Roman Cervenka, Jaromir Jagr and Vladimir Sobotka had the other markers in the contest. Voracek, who is serving as the Czech's captain, has one goal and five points in four games.
May 7 - 3:39 PM

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