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Flyers beat writer for the Courier-Post, Dave Isaac, believes that Ivan Provorov "will be given every chance possible to make the NHL team."

Though he’s just 18 years old and finished his first season in the Western Hockey League, Provorov offers great upside from the back end; he scored 15 goals and had 61 points last season. Isaac notes that general manager Ron Hextall has typically been very "tepid" about young prospects making the team, but with Provorov he "hasn’t been as cold on the topic." The other issue is that the Flyers have eight defensemen on one-year contracts. The safe bet is that Provorov will get his real chance a year from now.
Jul 26 - 10:03 PM

Despite not making many moves this off-season, the Philadelphia Flyers look like they are better on paper.

Philadelphia parted ways with forward Zac Rinaldo, defenseman Nicklas Grossman and goaltender Ray Emery and they brought in Sam Gagner, Evgeni Medvedev and Michal Neuvirth. Gagner is a clear upgrade over an energy player like Rinaldo, and it would appear that Neuvirth is also an upgrade over Emery but the question comes on defense. Medvedev is a 32-year-old KHL veteran, who has no NHL experience and is one of eight defenders on the roster with a one-way contract.
Jul 25 - 9:15 AM

Steve Mason led the NHL in five-on-five save percentage among goalies with at least 1,000 minutes last year.

In 51 games, Mason posted a .943 save percentage. However, a .846 save percentage while shorthanded did him no favors. Mason had a strong season with the Flyers, finishing with a 2.25 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. The five-on-five metric is a good way to measure a goalie’s ability, thus making us stronger believers in Mason moving forward, despite the 18-18-11 record.
Jul 19 - 8:27 PM

Contract talks between Jakub Voracek and the Flyers are ongoing.

Voracek will be in the last season of a four-year, $17 million contract, and the Flyers would like to get him extended on a long-term deal. "There is no deadline in something like this," general manager Ron Hextall said. Hextall added that he'd like to get this done before the end of training camp. The 25-year-old Voracek had 22 goals and 81 points last season. He's probably in line to make around $7 million a season.
Jul 19 - 2:34 PM

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall continues to try to trade a veteran defenseman.

The Flyers have $583,334 in salary-cap space, according to generalfanager.com. In this situation, it makes it harder for a young defensive prospect to make the team. "In a perfect world, we’d find some space, but we’re under the cap and if we start the season where we are at, we’re comfortable," Hextall said. "It’s not ideal. But we’re in a situation where we can manage it."
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 18 - 8:32 PM

Nothing has changed with the Flyers’ efforts to trade Vincent Lecavalier.

"We’re status quo," general manager Ron Hextall said. "We’re planning on going into the season with Vinny and see what happens. Do I get a call with interest? I don’t know. At this point, we’re status quo." Lecavalier has three years left on a five-year, $22 million contract. He had eight goals and 20 points in 57 games last year.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 18 - 7:35 PM

Michael Del Zotto has agreed to a two-year, $7.75 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Del Zotto and the Flyers have avoided an arbitration hearing that was scheduled for July 21. He had 10 goals and 32 points in 64 contests last season. It wouldn't be shocking to us if he reaches the 40-point mark next season, but at the same time he obviously isn't far removed from his disastrous 2013-14 campaign, so he's still a bit of a risk.
Jul 16 - 4:33 PM

Travis Konecny has inked a three-year, entry-level deal.

He had 29 goals and 68 points in 60 OHL games in 2014-15. He was projected to be taken in the top-15 of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, but he ended up slipping to the 24th overall pick. The Flyers dealt the 29th and 61st selections in order to draft him.
Jul 16 - 1:32 PM

Oliver Lauridsen has signed with Frolunda of Sweden's top league.

Lauridsen had 10 points and 152 penalty minutes in 75 AHL contests in 2014-15. The 26-year-old defenseman has appeared in 16 career NHL games.
Jul 15 - 4:00 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have named Scott Gordon as the new head coach of the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Gordon spent three seasons as the bench boss of the New York Islanders, compiling a 64-94-23 record. More recently he's served as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. "We are extremely pleased to add Scott to our organization as head coach of our top affiliate in the Lehigh Valley," said Flyers GM Ron Hextall. "He brings in a proven track record of success and knowledge as a coach at all levels, and we are confident he can help develop our prospects through our system, as well as lead the Phantoms back to the Calder Cup playoffs."
Jul 13 - 9:06 PM

Michael Del Zotto's arbitration date with the Philadelphia Flyers is July 21.

Although he certainly had rough patches last season, it can still be counted as a bounce back season from his disastrous 2013-14 campaign. He had 10 goals and 32 points in 64 games last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 13 - 6:10 PM

Vincent Lecavalier is hoping he’ll get a chance to play a meaningful role this season with the Flyers.

He had eight goals and 20 points in 57 games with the Flyers this past season, averaging 12:39 of ice time per game. The 35-year-old has three years, $13.5 million remaining on his contract. General manager Ron Hextall still could trade him or buy out his contract, though Lecavalier’s camp has not been notified that’s the route they’ll go. "I'm still in shape," Lecavalier said, according to RDS. "I really just want to get my chance. I am confident in my abilities and I move on. I kept a good attitude. ... I want to be in shape in September and playing hockey, that's it."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 12 - 11:17 PM

Brandon Wheat Kings coach Kelly McCrimmon believes Ivan Provorov is on the fast track to the NHL.

The WHL coach doesn’t think the Flyers’ 2015 first-round pick is ready just yet, however. "I do think that it’s realistic that he’d play in Philly, at the latest, as a 19-year-old, but as an 18-year-old," McCrimmon said, "and having played only one year in junior, I think there’s a lot left for him to accomplish at this level." Provorov had 15 goals and 61 points in 60 games with the Wheat Kings last season.
Jul 12 - 8:38 PM

Travis Konecny said that despite falling in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, he is just happy to be in the Flyers' organization.

Many experts had Konecny being drafted in the top-15, but he slipped all the way to number 24. "It's motivating," Konecny said. "When I went into the day, I wasn't really sure where I was going to end up anyway, so it wasn't like it was a disappointment. Being able to slip to 24 and come to Philadelphia was definitely not something I was upset about. It was awesome, and I was excited about it." The 18-year-old has some good upside, but he will probably be returning to the OHL after training camp this fall.
Jul 11 - 9:31 AM

Standing at 5-foot-8, 162-pounds, Danick Martel is looking to Johnny Gaudreau and Tyler Johnson for proof that he can make it in the NHL at his size.

"I'm 5-8 off the ice, but on the ice, I'm not," Martel said. "I'm not playing like I'm 5-8. I'm working so hard that [size] doesn't matter. If I work hard and skate, no one is going to touch me." Martel certainly was able to excel at the QMJHL level with 48 goals, 102 points, and 85 penalty minutes in 64 contests last season. He signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Philadelphia as an undrafted prospect.
Jul 9 - 10:43 AM


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