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Nick Cousins got a qualifying offer from Philadelphia on Monday.

Cousins chipped in 10 points in 36 games with the big club last season. Fellow restricted free agents Brayden Schenn, Brandon Manning, Jordan Weal, and Petr Straka received qualifying offers from the Flyers as well.

Eric Lindros is part of the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

Lindros skated in 760 NHL contests over his career because of concussions and other injuries. He notched 372 goals, 865 points and 1,398 penalty minutes. Lindros has been waiting to get the call for six years. He will join Sergei Makarov, Pat Quinn and Rogie Vachon in the 2016 class.
Jun 27 - 3:51 PM

Carter Hart was the first goaltender taken in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft at pick No. 48 by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Carter Hart is the CHL's 2016 Goaltender of the Year after leading Everett from the crease with a 35-23-4 record. He had six shutouts, a .918 save percentage and a 2.14 GAA as a 17-year-old. Seen now as undersized given the new stature standards in the NHL, Hart comes in at 6'0" and 180 lbs with high levels of athleticism, and is expected to both grow and fill out in his 20s. Hart is considered to be a well-rounded netminder already who still needs to work on his puck-handling skills, which speaks volumes about his potential as an NHL netminder.
Jun 25 - 1:59 PM

Wade Allison has been chosen in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.

He was picked late in the second round with the 52nd overall selection. Few have seen their stock rise as much as Wade Allison has, and deservingly so. Allison put his Tri-City club on his back with nine goals and 16 points in 11 games en route to the USHL championship and playoff MVP honors. This, of course, came after posting 25 goals 47 points in 56 games as well. At 6'2" and 205 lbs, Allison displays an array of talents from slick mitts, to the ability to scoring gritty goals, and power through checks. A relentless worker, Allison has the raw skill that can make a patient team very happy. 

Jun 25 - 11:58 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers have chosen Pascal Laberge with the 36th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Pascal Laberge has shown the ability to be a dominant force on the ice, but scouts question his ability to be consistent, which, one should note, may have been linked to his prolonged wrist injury. That aside the 18-year-old posted 23 goals and 68 points in 56 games for Victoriaville (QMJHL), including a 26-point binge over 15 games towards the end of the season. That does not include his five points in five playoff games. A playmaker by nature with excellent quick-twitch muscles, hands, speed and compete-level, Laberge's 6'1" and 175 lbs frame needs to fill out before he can get to the next level.
Jun 25 - 11:31 AM

German Rubtsov has a two-year contract to play in the KHL and therefore will remain in Russia for the foreseeable future.

That's fine with the Flyers as Rubtsov needs some seasoning. The six-foot, two inch center is going to his favorite team in the NHL. "I'm not worried I didn't go higher [in the draft]," Rubtsov said. "I was just hoping to get drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers, so things turned out exactly like I was hoping. ... They're my favorite team." Rubtsov is worth picking up only in dynasty leagues but it's too early to tell what his ceiling could be in the points department.
Jun 25 - 8:51 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers have taken German Rubtsov with the 22nd pick.

The Flyers were not concerned with the Russian star as his team was kicked out of the Under-18 tournament for doping. The slim 6’2", 180 pound center plays a reliable and consistent two-way game with great vision and the ability to push the puck up the ice willfully. Suffice it to say Rubtsov’s game isn’t predicated on doing anything at an elite level, rather merely performs all facets of the game very well in a team-oriented manner. He posted 12 goals and 26 points in 28 games for Team Russia in the MHL, the Russians top junior league. Should it all come together, Rubtsov is expected to have a nice NHL career with the Flyers.
Jun 24 - 10:01 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have inked Radko Gudas to a four-year, $13.4 million deal.

That works out to an annual cap hit of $3.35 million, which is a big leap to the just under $1 million he was previously earning. Gudas had five goals, 14 points, and 116 penalty minutes in 76 games last season. He would have been a restricted free agent, so it's not surprising that he's sticking with the team, but this deal keeps him with the Flyers through the rest of his 20s as he'll turn 30 on June 5, 2020, which is the same summer this contract will expire.
Jun 24 - 11:10 AM

Philadelphia is likely to end up with a forward when they make the 18th overall selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The Flyers have some very good prospects on defense and this draft class is deep with talented forwards. "We're going to have some emphasis on skill and size," GM Ron Hextall said. "Hopefully, combined, but that's a tough thing to grab." Philadelphia could end up with Julien Gauthier, Max Jones, Kieffer Bellows, Luke Kunin, Riley Tufte, or German Rubtsov.
Jun 20 - 9:31 AM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall isn't interested in copying Pittsburgh's style of play.

"The one thing I’ve learned over the years is you have to be very careful being a copycat," the Flyers' GM said to CSN Philly. "When you start chasing everybody, you go away from your foundation and the very next year a team that plays a totally different style wins a Cup. So you’ve got to be careful there. You’ve got to believe what you believe in, stick to your foundation and make little adjustments rather than flip from black to white. Pitt’s got a good team."
Jun 19 - 9:45 PM

Matt Read has undergone thumb surgery.

Read is expected to need four weeks to recover, so this shouldn't factor into his fantasy value at all. He had 11 goals and 26 points in 79 games in 2015-16.
Jun 17 - 12:04 PM

R.J. Umberger has officially been bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers.

No surprise there given that the Flyers made their intentions clear Thursday morning. Not that it would have been a surprise either way as he was limited to just two goals and 11 points in 39 contests in 2015-16. He would have had a $4.6 million cap hit in 2016-17, but now the Flyers will be charged $1.6 million next season and $1.5 million in 2017-18.
Jun 16 - 6:07 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers will buy out R.J. Umberger.

That was already expected, but now it's confirmed. Umberger was limited to two goals and 11 points in 39 contests in 2015-16, so it'll be interesting to see if there's any interest from other NHL clubs in signing the 34-year-old to a one-way contract. He had just one season left on his contract and would have come with a $4.6 million cap hit. The Flyers will instead be charged a $1.6 million cap hit in 2016-17 and $1.5 million cap hit in 2017-18.
Jun 16 - 11:55 AM

R.J. Umberger is expected to be bought out by the Flyers on Wednesday.

He was a healthy scratch in 23 of the last 24 games this past season and he contributed just 11 points in 39 appearances. Umberger has a $4.6 million cap hit and one year left on his contract, so Philadelphia would save $3 million in 2016-17 if he is bought out.
Jun 15 - 8:58 AM

Ivan Provorov is the CHL's defenseman of the year.

Provorov had 21 goals and 73 points in 62 WHL games in 2015-16. He was taken by Philadelphia with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
May 28 - 9:44 PM


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