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Mikhail Vorobyov's entry-level contract with Philadelphia is official.

The contract was reported on Wednesday, but the Flyers announced it Thursday afternoon. He's coming over to North America fter scoring three goals and 11 points in 44 KHL contests this season. The Flyers took him with the 104th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 27 - 4:01 PM

Mikhail Vorobyov has reportedly agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Flyers on an entry-level contract.

TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie and CapFriendly have reported that the deal is done. The 20-year-old center posted 11 points in 44 games with Salavat Yulaev of the KHL in 2016-17. Vorobyov was chosen by the Flyers in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
Apr 26 - 4:29 PM

T.J. Brennan had another huge season in the AHL.

Brennan recorded 21 goals, 60 points, and 101 penalty minutes in 76 contests with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The 28-year-old is one of the AHL's top players, having been to their all-star game on four consecutive occasions and having won their defenseman of the year award twice. He only has 53 NHL games on his resume though and didn't play at all for Philadelphia in 2016-17. He's a viable depth option in the event of injuries, but at this stage of his career he's mostly someone that can help bolster a minor league team and serve as a positive influence on the younger players in the system.
Apr 26 - 10:12 AM

Wayne Simmonds has been nominated for the NHL Foundation Player Award.

The award is given to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community." The winner of the award will receive $25,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. Wayne's Road Hockey Warriors has helped raise $100,000 through this event.
Apr 25 - 7:08 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers were happy with the play of Valtteri Filppula after they acquired him from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline.

Filppula had five goals and eight points in 20 games but GM Ron Hextall is looking forward to next season when he has him for all 82 games. "I felt like later in the year, we had more bullets in our gun," Hextall said. "(Jordan) Weal comes in and does a good job. Filppula comes in and really gives us stability. Really upgraded our top nine. So when you're talking 5-on-5 play, just to depend on five or six guys, all of a sudden you have nine guys you can count on." Filppula ended the campaign with 12 goals and 42 points so look for similar numbers next season if he remains healthy.
Apr 23 - 10:26 AM

Connor Bunnaman has agreed to an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Bunnaman had 37 goals and 52 points in 64 OHL games this season. The Flyers selected him with the 109th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 21 - 6:16 PM

Sean Couturier had a strong finish to the 2016-17 campaign.

While plus/minus always needs to be taken with a grain of salt, Couturier had a plus-18 rating in his final 19 games. He was also strong offensively over that span with five goals and 17 points. "Sean Couturier was playing the best hockey I've ever seen him play," teammate Jakub Voracek said. Couturier's overall campaign was nothing out of the ordinary though as he finished with 14 goals, 34 points, and a plus-12 rating in 66 games. So the question now is if his hot finish was a taste of things to come or just part of an inconsistent campaign. Couturier, 24, has always had offensive upside, but he's failed to reach the 40-point mark in any of his first six NHL campaigns.
Apr 20 - 9:59 AM

Carter Hart's reassignment to Lehigh Valley of the AHL has been made official.

The Phantoms will begin the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs on Friday against the Hershey Bears. The 18-year-old netminder is expected to be Alex Lyon's backup in the first-round series.
Apr 17 - 6:01 PM

Carter Hart, the Flyers second round pick in 2016 will likely join the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in time for the AHL playoffs.

Hart, the Team Canada goalie at the World Juniors, finished his season with Everett of the WHL as they were eliminated from the playoffs. The netminder was drafted in the second round, 48th overall in 2016. He will backup Alex Lyon as Anthony Stolarz is gone for the season but could see some action if need be. He was great this season with a 32-11-2 record, as well as a 1.99 goals-against average, and .927 save percentage. He may be the Flyers goalie of the future.
Apr 17 - 11:27 AM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall still has confidence in Michal Neuvirth.

"I really believe [he] is going to come back focused," Hextall said. "He was really good for us last year. This year, he was kind of reflective of our team. He was inconsistent. He had some good times and some times that weren't very good. I expect [him] to come back and be a really good player for us. In saying that, we need two guys." Neuvirth got a two-year contract extension in March and Steve Mason could be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Apr 15 - 9:20 AM

Anthony Stolarz won't be available for the Calder Cup Playoffs because of an injury.

Lehigh Valley coach Scott Gordon didn't reveal the ailment, but he said that Stolarz would be sidelined for three or four months. He should be ready for training camp in the fall when he will compete for Philadelphia's backup goalie job. Stolarz had a 2-1-1 record with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in seven appearances with the big club in 2016-17.
Apr 15 - 9:11 AM

Dave Scott, who is the CEO of Comcast Spectacor, offered his endorsement of Flyers president Paul Holmgren and GM Ron Hextall.

"This is really my fourth season with the club. Ed was pretty ill the last couple years," Scott said, referring to the late Ed Snider. "I've stayed pretty close to it and I've got all the confidence in the world with Paul as president and Ron as general manager. I think we all have a job to do here. My job is, really, to make sure we have the resources and we're investing in the team for the long term and go for the Cup. The Flyers are going to go for it every year. That's our heritage." That said, the Flyers have been enduring a rough stretch as they've missed the playoffs in three of the last five years and they lost in the first round in the two campaigns where they did get to the postseason.
Apr 14 - 10:36 AM

Brandon Manning has undergone minor disc surgery in his back.

We don't have a timetable for Manning's recovery, but given that the procedure has been termed as minor, we imagine he'll be fine for training camp. He finished the 2016-17 campaign with 12 points and 83 penalty minutes in 65 games.
Apr 13 - 1:42 PM

Dale Weise has undergone elbow surgery due to bone spurs in the area.

Weise should still be fine for training camp. He had eight goals and 15 points in 64 contests this season.
Apr 13 - 1:38 PM

Philadelphia won't retain the services of assistant coach Joe Mullen.

The decision to let Mullen go was likely a reflection of the Flyers' shortcomings with the man advantage. Philadelphia went from having a 23.0% conversion rate on the power play in 2014-15 to 18.9% in 2015-16 and 19.5% this season.
Apr 13 - 11:56 AM


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