Look, if you’re like me, then free agent frenzy day is not a good day. If you follow hockey as a sport, then today is the day you lose your mind, trying to keep up with all the updates. Wayne Simmonds and P.K. Subban are on the New Jersey Devils. Cam Talbot has signed with the Flames. Flipping Sergei Bobrovsky is a Florida Panther now! Well, let’s slow down because here we are only going to focus on the Philadelphia Flyers newest signings. What a way to celebrate Canada Day!
Off the heels of a season where the Flyers came up just short of the playoffs, the question was “What’s next?” The discussion of last season was centered around the goalies and what could be changed. Reading the first eight signings from today, it seems they are trying to beef up the third and fourth lines.
This would go right along with Alain Vigneault pursuing Kevin Hayes and sticking with his veterans. With a good healthy mix of younger players with veterans, the Flyers could get the best of both worlds. Speed and heart with intuition and knowledge could really benefit the struggling team and the disgruntled fans as well. Below I have included a chart of the eight signings.
Newest Flyers additions
|Players Joining||From||Contract Type|
|Tyler Wotherspoon (D)||St. Louis Blues||2 year, 2 way|
|Andy Welinski (D)||Anaheim Ducks||1 year, 1 way|
|Jean-Francois Berube (G)||Columbus Blue Jackets||1 year, 2 way|
|Nate Prosser (D)||Minnesota Wild||2 year, 2 way|
|Kurtis Gabriel (F)||New Jersey Devils||1 year, 2 way|
|Andy Andreoff (F)||Tampa Bay Lightning||2 year, 1 way|
|Kyle Criscuolo (F)||Buffalo Sabres||1 year, 2 way|
|Chris Burgas (D)||New York Rangers||2 year, 2 way|
All eight of the signees have pretty similar experience in the AHL/NHL. They mainly made their names in the AHL with some experience in the NHL. The only exception would be Nate Prosser who has played 354 NHL games. This will be beneficial to the Flyers future because all eight of these guys will have something to prove in the NHL.
The Flyers have picked up eight players so far. These players range in experience, age, and performance but all seem to be promising additions. Additionally, it seems as if they are focused on building up their AHL affiliate the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. This is beneficial because that means you can bring up players that are performing well while not hurting your minor league roster.
Looking ahead to more during the Free Agent Frenzy
We have also lost a slew of players including Ryan Hartman, Jori Lehtera, and Radko Gudas. However, It seems like the Flyers are leaning toward a team centered around players in the system versus trading for proven players. More is to be seen in the next few weeks as far as what Alain Vigneault has in store. Only time will tell if these signings will be a benefit or deficit, but all eight seem to have promise for the future.
Photo credit via Flickr to Alena Schwarz.
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