The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to a 4 year extension with forward Matt Read. The contract is worth a total of $14.5 million, and is worth a cap hit of $3.625 million a season. Read is entering the last season of his entry level contract with the Flyers.
Matt Read has spent the last two seasons in Philly playing full time for the Flyers. In his rookie season, Read skated in 79 games, and led all rookies in scoring with 24 goals. He added 23 assists over the season, for a total of 47 points. This last season Read kept up his good play with 11 goals and 13 assists in 42 games.
Read is a valuable asset to the Flyers, he puts up good numbers, and is extremely disciplined. He originally signed as a free agent after completing his collegiate career at Bemidji State University. Read showed promising play while playing in the NCAA, and has shown the same promising numbers in the NHL. If he can continue to produce points, and can continue to grow as a player, he could be a huge bargain for the cap-cuffed Flyers down the stretch.
Matt Read and the Philadelphia Flyers enter this season hoping for it to end a little better than last season. They’ve added a bit of skill on the defensive end, and finally rid themselves of Ilya Bryzgalov and his atrocious contract.