The Philadelphia Flyers have made the first of their off-season moves. They have signed two free agents to 3-year entry level contracts. Those free agents are Austrian forward Michael Raffl and Canadian defenseman Maxim Lamarche. Raffl was a highly sought after free agent after playing in the World Championship for Austria. Raffl’s choice was down to the Flyers and the Nashville Predators but obviously the Flyers won out. Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor had this to say about the Austrian:
“He’s a good player, who we think can be NHL ready,” Pryor said. “There’s going to be a learning curve, but he’s got enough in his game to be able to make that adjustment rather quickly.”
Raffl was playing in Sweden and lead his team this season with 24 goals and 46 points, his team won the regular season title.
Lamarche comes to the Flyers after a successful season with Baie-Comeau of the QMJHL. He had 9 goals and 34 assists in 55 games this past season. Lamarche described his style of play for the Flyers media:
“I am pretty much an all-around defenseman,” Lamarche said. “I am reliable defensively and offensively I can join the rush and produce. I get shots on goal. I can fight too and I block shots. I can pretty much do everything.”
With this disappointing last season, this definitely won’t be the last move the Flyers make before October, but it is moving the team in the right direction. What do you think will be the Flyers next move? Share your thoughts in the comment box below, on facebook, on twitter (@kcapp22 or @TMMotS), or by email ([email protected]).