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The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Jason LaBarbera to a one-year, two-way contract.

LaBarbera had a 2.61 GAA and .909 save percentage in five games with Anaheim last season. He'll likely begin the 2015-16 campaign in the minors and act as the Flyers' third-string goaltender on the depth charts.
Jul 2 - 6:01 PM

GM Ron Hextall did not buy out Sam Gagner and likes him in a Philadelphia uniform next season.

The Flyers traded the contract of Chris Pronger and defenseman Nicklas Grossmann to the Coyotes for Gagner and it was thought that Philadelphia could buy out the pivot. But that was not the case and look for Gagner to get a shot at second or third line duty. "We felt like he was a good fit," Hextall said. "We did our homework, we did our research, and everything came out good, so we feel good about Sam. Again, it upgrades the skill level of our team. It’s a one-year deal, which was attractive to us. We’re good with it, and quite frankly, I’ve always admired Sam’s skill. I think typical to a lot of young players. I think the defensive side of the game hasn’t been a strength, but I know he’s gotten better, and I know our coach and the rest of our players are going to demand that from him, as will everybody on our team."
Jul 2 - 9:15 AM

Chris Conner has signed a two-year, two-way deal with Philadelphia.

A career minor leaguer, Conner has played in only 180 NHL games since 2006-07. Last season was one of Conner's best however, scoring 19 goals and 52 points in 61 games for AHL Hershey. He's expected to simply provide organization depth in AHL Lehigh Valley.
Jul 1 - 7:25 PM

Tim Brent has signed a one-year, two-deal with Philadelphia.

Brent has spent the last two seasons playing in the KHL with Nizhny Novgorod and primarily Magnitogorsk, tallying 14 goals and 44 points over that span. Brent has played in 207 NHL games since 2006-07, scoring 21 goals and 47 points and is expected to spend much of his time with AHL Lehigh Valley.
Jul 1 - 7:21 PM

Davis Drewiske has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Drewiske has spent the past two seasons playing with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, and last season was a career best for the 30-year-old. He scored four goals and 22 points and 28 PIMs in 62 games, and represents some organizational depth on the blue line for Philadelphia.
Jul 1 - 7:16 PM

The Flyers have signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth for two-years and $3.25 million.

Neuvirth will get $1.5 million in 2015-16 and $1.75 million the following campaign. This is a nice signing for the Flyers as Neuvirth will be a more than an adequate replacement for last season's backup Ray Emery. Look for Neuvirth to play in 25 games behind starter Steve Mason.
Jul 1 - 12:50 PM

Ryan White re-signed with the Philadelphia Flyers on a one-year, one-way deal worth $800K.

After missing the first three months of the 2014-15 seasons recovering from surgery on his left pectoralis muscle, White joined the Flyers at the end of January and had a career season. He set new offensive highs with six goals and 12 points over 34 games, White also recorded 34 PIMs while averaging 11:34 ice time per game.
Jun 30 - 6:43 PM

Sam Gagner will remain with the Flyers going into the 2014-15 season.

Philadelphia chose not to waive him and the club informed him that they are not looking to trade him. Gagner was hoping to stay after he was acquired from Arizona and he'll get his chance to try to get back on track. He recorded 15 goals and 41 points in 81 games last year.
Jun 30 - 1:23 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed center Chris VandeVelde to a multi-year contract extension, general manager Ron Hextall announced Monday evening.

VandeVelde, 28, is coming off a breakout season in which he recorded nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 79 games. Before 2014-15, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder had never appeared in more than 18 games in any of his previous four NHL seasons, and had posted a goal and three assists over 46 NHL games. VandeVelde was honored by his teammates at the end of the past season with the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the Flyers’ most improved player from the previous season.
Jun 29 - 8:06 PM

Sam Gagner is hoping to stay with the Flyers and he's plenty motivated.

"I feel like I have a lot to prove," he said. "I have a lot of people to prove wrong and plan on doing that. I'm as motivated as you can get." Coyotes GM Don Maloney stated the team dealt Gagner because they "didn't think he could play center at the National Hockey League level for us." GM Ron Hextall is still determining his plans for the 25-year-old forward, as he goes over the cap numbers. Philadelphia acquired Gagner and a conditional draft pick from Arizona over the weekend in exchange for Nicklas Grossmann and the final two years of Chris Pronger's contract.
Jun 29 - 12:40 PM

If the Flyers decide to buyout forward Sam Gagner, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be forced to pay a potion of that.

If the Flyers do opt for the buyout on Gagner's contract, Tampa Bay will need to pay one third of the deal because they will be paying a portion of his contract for the 2015-16 season. The Lightning have no say in the matter, as it's Philadelphia's decision to make.
Jun 28 - 1:22 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers drafted three goalies on Saturday, including Felix Sandstrom.

The Flyers also took Matej Tomek with the the 90th pick and Ivan Fedotov in the seventh round in addition to Sandstrom's selection at 70. Sandstrom had a bit of a tough year as he had mononucleosis as well as some other injuries but is now considered healthy. It will be a few years before you hear these names again, especially in the NHL as goalies tend to be a long-term project rather than entering the NHL quickly.
Jun 28 - 9:22 AM

While they're playing coy to the media, it sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers might buy out Sam Gagner.

At 25, the oddly hard-luck forward would probably get some decent offers on the free agent market. The move would affect both the Flyers and Lightning, as the latter team retained $1.6 million of his current contract when the Bolts traded him to the Coyotes.
Jun 27 - 6:37 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers made a bold move after the draft, sending Nicklas Grossmann and Chris Pronger's contract to the Arizona Coyotes for Sam Gagner and a conditional draft pick.

The Flyers unload dead money and get a reclamation project in Gagner. Gagner, still just 25, had 41 points in his only season with the Coyotes. There's potential for him to make a leap, even if he has his flaws.
Jun 27 - 4:27 PM

With the 70th pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers selected goalie Felix Sandstrom.

Sandstrom played a smattering of games for Sweden's Brynas program at the junior and Swedish League levels last season. One would expect him to be a "project" in net.
Jun 27 - 1:44 PM

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