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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

Michal Neuvirth suffered a concussion when he collapsed on the ice last week.

It was a really scary moment, as Neuvirth collapsed in front of his own net with nobody around him.
Apr 12 - 12:26 AM

Steve Mason doesn't believe that goalie platoons can work in the NHL.

Mason has split the starting job with Michal Neuvirth the last couple of years, but he isn't interested in doing that again. "It doesn’t work. It’s shown throughout the league that it doesn’t work," Mason said. "Tampa got rid of their situation (with Ben Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy). St. Louis got rid of their situation (with Jake Allen and Brian Elliott). It’s got nothing to do with Neuvy and I as people. I’ve got no issue with Neuvy. It just doesn’t work for the goaltending position."
Apr 12 - 12:22 AM

Dave Hakstol will serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship.

Hakstol has been the head coach of the Flyers for each of the last two seasons and he spent 15 years at the University of North Dakota before that. The tournament is set to begin on May 5th and it will take place in France and Germany.
Apr 11 - 6:33 PM

Dale Weise's felt Sunday's season finale was an example of him as "the player I know I can be."

Weise scored two goals in 14:29 minutes of ice time in that contest. Obviously that kind of offensive output will never be the norm for him, but it was a positive note to end on after enduring a rough season. Weise was limited to eight goals and 15 points in 64 contests in 2016-17 after recording between 26 and 29 in each of the previous three campaigns. He inked a four-year, $9.4 million contract with the Flyers prior to the 2016-17 campaign and while he largely hasn't lived up to that so far, he did get better as the season went on and might be closer to his normal in 2017-18.
Apr 11 - 9:37 AM

Robert Hagg has been sent to the minors.

Hagg was summoned on Sunday to make his NHL debut against Carolina. He had five shots on goal in 21:19 minutes of ice time.
Apr 10 - 10:43 AM


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