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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

Flyers beat writer for the Courier-Post, Dave Isaac, believes that Ivan Provorov "will be given every chance possible to make the NHL team."

Though he’s just 18 years old and finished his first season in the Western Hockey League, Provorov offers great upside from the back end; he scored 15 goals and had 61 points last season. Isaac notes that general manager Ron Hextall has typically been very "tepid" about young prospects making the team, but with Provorov he "hasn’t been as cold on the topic." The other issue is that the Flyers have eight defensemen on one-year contracts. The safe bet is that Provorov will get his real chance a year from now.
Jul 26 - 10:03 PM

Despite not making many moves this off-season, the Philadelphia Flyers look like they are better on paper.

Philadelphia parted ways with forward Zac Rinaldo, defenseman Nicklas Grossman and goaltender Ray Emery and they brought in Sam Gagner, Evgeni Medvedev and Michal Neuvirth. Gagner is a clear upgrade over an energy player like Rinaldo, and it would appear that Neuvirth is also an upgrade over Emery but the question comes on defense. Medvedev is a 32-year-old KHL veteran, who has no NHL experience and is one of eight defenders on the roster with a one-way contract.
Jul 25 - 9:15 AM

Steve Mason led the NHL in five-on-five save percentage among goalies with at least 1,000 minutes last year.

In 51 games, Mason posted a .943 save percentage. However, a .846 save percentage while shorthanded did him no favors. Mason had a strong season with the Flyers, finishing with a 2.25 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. The five-on-five metric is a good way to measure a goalie’s ability, thus making us stronger believers in Mason moving forward, despite the 18-18-11 record.
Jul 19 - 8:27 PM

Contract talks between Jakub Voracek and the Flyers are ongoing.

Voracek will be in the last season of a four-year, $17 million contract, and the Flyers would like to get him extended on a long-term deal. "There is no deadline in something like this," general manager Ron Hextall said. Hextall added that he'd like to get this done before the end of training camp. The 25-year-old Voracek had 22 goals and 81 points last season. He's probably in line to make around $7 million a season.
Jul 19 - 2:34 PM

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall continues to try to trade a veteran defenseman.

The Flyers have $583,334 in salary-cap space, according to generalfanager.com. In this situation, it makes it harder for a young defensive prospect to make the team. "In a perfect world, we’d find some space, but we’re under the cap and if we start the season where we are at, we’re comfortable," Hextall said. "It’s not ideal. But we’re in a situation where we can manage it."
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 18 - 8:32 PM

Nothing has changed with the Flyers’ efforts to trade Vincent Lecavalier.

"We’re status quo," general manager Ron Hextall said. "We’re planning on going into the season with Vinny and see what happens. Do I get a call with interest? I don’t know. At this point, we’re status quo." Lecavalier has three years left on a five-year, $22 million contract. He had eight goals and 20 points in 57 games last year.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 18 - 7:35 PM

Michael Del Zotto has agreed to a two-year, $7.75 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Del Zotto and the Flyers have avoided an arbitration hearing that was scheduled for July 21. He had 10 goals and 32 points in 64 contests last season. It wouldn't be shocking to us if he reaches the 40-point mark next season, but at the same time he obviously isn't far removed from his disastrous 2013-14 campaign, so he's still a bit of a risk.
Jul 16 - 4:33 PM

Travis Konecny has inked a three-year, entry-level deal.

He had 29 goals and 68 points in 60 OHL games in 2014-15. He was projected to be taken in the top-15 of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, but he ended up slipping to the 24th overall pick. The Flyers dealt the 29th and 61st selections in order to draft him.
Jul 16 - 1:32 PM

Oliver Lauridsen has signed with Frolunda of Sweden's top league.

Lauridsen had 10 points and 152 penalty minutes in 75 AHL contests in 2014-15. The 26-year-old defenseman has appeared in 16 career NHL games.
Jul 15 - 4:00 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have named Scott Gordon as the new head coach of the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Gordon spent three seasons as the bench boss of the New York Islanders, compiling a 64-94-23 record. More recently he's served as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. "We are extremely pleased to add Scott to our organization as head coach of our top affiliate in the Lehigh Valley," said Flyers GM Ron Hextall. "He brings in a proven track record of success and knowledge as a coach at all levels, and we are confident he can help develop our prospects through our system, as well as lead the Phantoms back to the Calder Cup playoffs."
Jul 13 - 9:06 PM

Michael Del Zotto's arbitration date with the Philadelphia Flyers is July 21.

Although he certainly had rough patches last season, it can still be counted as a bounce back season from his disastrous 2013-14 campaign. He had 10 goals and 32 points in 64 games last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 13 - 6:10 PM


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