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Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall believes Dale Weise will prove to be a useful off-season pickup.

Philadelphia gave Weise a four-year, $9.5 million contract once free agency began. They'll expect him to bring some grit and speed to the lineup and chip in offensively every so often. "I think the size (6-foot-2, 206 pounds), he brings some tenacious play that we lost … and he's support scoring," Hextall said. "In a perfect world, you bring in a guy who's an elite scorer, but those guys don't fall off trees. When you can't do that, you tend to look at depth scoring, and we felt we added depth scoring for our lineup."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 18 - 9:16 PM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall is confident that Jakub Voracek will bounce back after a disappointing season.

"Typically after a guy signs a big contract there's more expected of him from himself," Hextall said. "As an organization, we signed a good hockey player and we didn't expect him to be any more than he was, [but] there's a certain burden that comes with that. … I'm sure there will be a lot of growth from Jake from last year." Voracek scored picked up 81 points in 2014-15, but managed just 14 goals and 55 points in last season. Expecting him to score 80 plus points may be a little too much, but a 65-point season isn't out of the question.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 18 - 4:33 PM

Former Canadiens forward Dale Weise enjoyed his time with head coach Michel Therrien.

The feelings seemed to be mutual, as Therrien often gave Weise an opportunity to play on Montreal's top line. "I hear a lot of bad things about Michel Therrien," Weise said. "Obviously, being a fan of Montreal I still read some of the stuff and see it on TV. That’s really disappointing to hear because I have nothing but good things to say about him. From a guy like me, I had to grind and fight my way to get into the league and when I got there he could have just thought that about me and never gave me an opportunity. But from the day I got there, he said: ‘You know what, this is a good opportunity for you. Show me what you can do. I’m not looking into your past, I want to see what you can do in the future. We believe in you.'" It'll be interesting to see if Weise gets similar opportunities with his new team in Philadelphia.
Aug 18 - 9:43 AM

Philadelphia has promoted Chris Pryo from director of scouting to assistant GM and director of player personnel.

Pryo will begin his 18th season with the Flyers this fall. He started as a U.S. amateur scout in 1999 before becoming the director of hockey operations in 2006.
Aug 10 - 2:07 PM

Travis Konecny will probably be back in the OHL this coming season.

However, he will try to make that decision more difficult for the Flyers at training camp. Konecny probably could play in the NHL in 2016-17, but GM Ron Hextall isn't in a hurry to get the team's prospects in the lineup. "I've said over and over," he said. "If you look at the history of the league, the biggest danger is putting a player in the National Hockey League too early rather than sending a guy back to junior who the public believes is too good for junior or is going to stagnate in his development."
Aug 6 - 11:29 AM

Brayden Schenn believes his 2015-16 numbers will be regular contributions for him moving forward.

"I feel like I'm getting better year by year and I expect nothing else next year," he said. "... I expect to come in and continue to prove my game in all areas of the ice. When you get the chance to play with good players they make you better as well. We got some good pieces that are part of the Flyers. We have a good team moving forward here. You want to get better individually, but I think the team as a whole will be better this year as well." He generated personal bests last season with 26 goals, 33 assists and 59 points in 80 games. Schenn received a four-year, $20.5 million contract on Monday from the Flyers, which ensures he'll be a key member of the team in the present as well as the future.
Jul 26 - 5:32 PM

Brandon Manning has reached a two-year agreement with Philadelphia worth $1.95 million.

The new deal will avoid the arbitration hearing that was set for August. He registered seven points and 66 penalty minutes in a personal high 56 games with the Flyers last campaign.
Jul 26 - 10:41 AM

Brayden Schenn has agreed to a four-year contract with Philadelphia.

The new deal carries an annual average of $5.125 million. The two sides narrowly avoided salary arbitration. Schenn just had the most productive season of his NHL career in 2015-16. He compiled 26 goals and 59 points in 80 games.
Jul 25 - 10:25 AM

Brayden Schenn is requesting a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

The Philadelphia Flyers are countering with a two-year contract that would pay him $4.25 million in 2016-17 and $4,369,425 in 2017-18. This is all being presented ahead of his arbitration hearing scheduled for July 25. Obviously when players and teams make their pre-arbitration requests known there is going to be a salary gap and from a cap hit perspective, they're not terribly far off. What is somewhat unusual is that the Flyers have decided to ask for a two-year contract, so the difference between them could actually be larger because of it. If Schenn were to have presented what he wanted out of a two-year deal, he would have likely asked for an annual salary above his current request of $5.5 million.
Jul 23 - 12:08 PM

Claude Giroux (hip/abdomen) has already resumed skating.

Giroux was originally projected to take 10-12 weeks before he'd be back on the ice, but he got to this point in nine weeks. He should be available for the World Cup, where he'll represent Canada.
Jul 22 - 8:44 PM

Jason LaBarbera has decided to end his playing career and become the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen's goalie coach.

"I am really excited about this opportunity and moving onto the next chapter of my life," LaBarbera said. "I’m also looking forward to the challenges of coaching and being able to pass along some of my experiences to the guys on the team." LaBarbera had a 2.85 GAA and .907 save percentage in 187 games with the then Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks. He spent his final hockey season with the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 21 - 12:22 PM

Petr Straka's recently inked one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers is a two-way deal.

No surprise there given that Straka spent the full 2015-16 campaign in the minors, recording 19 goals and 37 points in 64 games. If he does play with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2016-17 though, he'll come with a $650,000 annual cap hit.
Jul 16 - 5:44 PM

Petr Straka has inked a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Straka had 19 goals and 37 points in 64 AHL contests in 2015-16. The 24-year-old also has two assists in three career NHL games.
Jul 16 - 12:34 PM

Nick Cousins' recently inked one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers is a two-way agreement.

Cousins can earn $937,125 annually in the NHL, but his salary is reduced to $70,000 annually when he's in the minors. He had six goals and 11 points in 36 contests with the Flyers last season.
Jul 15 - 3:55 PM

Nick Cousins has agreed to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Cousins had six goals and 11 points in 36 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season. He also recorded 12 goals and 38 points in 38 AHL contests.
Jul 15 - 12:45 PM


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