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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.
Source: NHL.com
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

Former long time NHL defender Nick Boynton agreed to a plead guilty to disorderly conduct in Buffalo City Court on Friday. With the deal, Boynton has agreed to complete his 100 hours of community service (in Arizona) by Nov. 8th, continue with alcohol counseling, and live an otherwise law-abiding life.

As for why Boynton was offered a plea deal in the first place, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III noted Boynton's lack of previous criminal record which was in addition to arresting officers, Detective Kevin Biggs and Officer Garrett M. O’Neill, agreement with the resolution. "I feel terrible. I want to apologize to my family, to the Arizona Coyotes," Boynton said. "I want to put this in my past and learn from my mistakes and make sure this does not happen again."
Source: Lou Michel
May 8 - 9:09 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

Brayden Schenn has been a healthy scratch for Canada's first four games at the IIHF World Championship.

The Canadians have a deep roster up front and Schenn hasn't been given a chance to get into the fold yet. Philadelphia teammate Claude Giroux has four points (one goal, three assists) in four games for Team Canada at the tournament.
May 7 - 11:35 AM

Flyers owner Ed Snider clarified that while Flyers GM Ron Hextall will be patient with the team's young players, he still intends to contend in the short-term.

"The bottom line is, that patience was misinterpreted to mean that he was going to be patient with the team in and of itself," Snider said. "Which he's not. He's going to do everything in his power to produce a winner as soon as possible, which means it could be trades, it could be coaching, it could be all kinds of things." Philadelphia has missed the playoffs in two of its last three years. It had a 33-31-18 record in 2014-15, which led to the firing of head coach Craig Berube.
May 5 - 11:11 AM


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