Flyers Developmental Camp: Notes From the Last Day

Flyers Developmental Camp: Notes From the Last Day

July 2nd, 2019 For the newest members of the Philadelphia Flyers organization the annual developmental camp held in Voorhees, New Jersey is their first taste of pro hockey. For others who've been part of the organization for a couple of years, it's the first chance of the year to showcase the progress they've...
NHL News & Notes: Luongo, Elliott, Canadiens & More

NHL News & Notes: Luongo, Elliott, Canadiens & More

June 26th, 2019 In today's News & Notes, Roberto Luongo has officially retired from the NHL, Brian Elliott has signed a contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Montreal Canadiens have re-signed Mike Reilly to a new contract, Nikita Sherbak, the Canadiens' first-round pick from 2014 has signed in...

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June 19th, 2019
Flyers Transactions

For the second time this week the Philadelphia Flyers have made a trade for a veteran defenseman, this time for long-time San Jose Shark, Justin Braun. The Flyers shipped out a 2019 second-round pick along with a third-rounder in 2020 to acquire him. General manager Chuck Fletcher has kept his promise to be aggressive this offseason, and this trade doesn't look like it will be his last move. Why the Flyers Made the Trade You can essentially take all the reasons the Flyers made the deal to acquire Matt Niskanen from the Washington Capitals and apply it to their rationale for acquiring Braun. With a defensive corp flocked with young, left-handed mobile defensemen, the roster had a need for veteran right-handers to fill big roles and help mentor the youngsters. Justin Braun was acquired by the Flyers for second and third-round draft picks. (Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports) In Braun, the Sharks have added an additional 691 games of experience across regular season and...
June 18th, 2019
Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers have come to terms with forward Kevin Hayes on a seven-year contract extension worth $50 million, according to Bob McKenzie. The deal will carry an annual cap hit of $7.14 million per season and will keep Hayes with the team through the 2025-26 season. https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/1141164963551043584 The Flyers acquired Hayes' rights from the Winnipeg Jets on June 3 for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The team was keen on locking him up for the long-term to shore up their center depth and they managed to get him under contract prior to free agency on July 1. This is a substantial contract for Hayes who now sees a sizable bump from his previous one-year contract worth $5.175 million that he signed in New York a season ago. Hayes scored 19 goals and set a career high with 54 points in 71 games this season, split between the Rangers and the Jets. He was acquired at the deadline by the Jets for a 2019 first-round pick,...
June 18th, 2019
San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks have moved a defenseman prior to Friday's NHL Entry Draft where a number of similar trades are likely to take place. In an effort to clear salary cap space, the team has moved veteran defenseman Justin Braun to the Philadelphia Flyers. https://twitter.com/NHLFlyers/status/1141010222603018240 In return, the Sharks receive a second-round pick in 2019 and a third-round in 2020. Why the Sharks Made the Move It's not that Braun was a poor defenseman. On the contrary, the Flyers are likely happy to be picking up such a veteran piece on a blue line that could certainly use the help. Instead, the Sharks needed to clear salary cap space after re-signing stud d-man Erik Karlsson to a massive deal that paid $11.5 million per season over eight seasons. Karlsson's deal made it so that the Sharks needed to clear room to sign players like Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Timo Meier and Kevin Lebanc. Moving Braun certainly helps in that regard. Why the Flyers...
June 18th, 2019
Flyers Transactions

It was well-documented that, to take the leap to true contender status, the Philadelphia Flyers' blue line was going to need a face-lift. General manager Chuck Fletcher has taken the first - and perhaps only - step toward rearranging the blue line. Defenseman Radko Gudas was traded to the Washington Capitals for 32-year-old veteran defenseman Matt Niskanen. On the surface, the trade looks like a win-win for both sides that fits the needs of both clubs. Whether it was actually a win-win is up for debate. Why the Flyers Made the Move The Flyers, led by a young core of defenseman, needed a stabilizing veteran presence who can slot into the top-four and play tough minutes every night. Before the acquisition of Niskanen, they were mostly using the recently bought out Andrew MacDonald to fill that role, unsuccessfully albeit. Despite strong underlying numbers in bottom-pairing minutes, Gudas was never entrusted with the role, presumably because of his lack of puck-moving chops....