Philadelphia Flyers Player News: All Positions

News: Stewart signed a professional tryout offer with the Flyers on Wednesday.
Impact: Stewart signed a one-year contract with HC Slovan Bratislava of the KHL ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, but he ultimately backed out of the deal citing "serious family problems." The 31-year-old winger, who notched 16 points in 54 games split between the Flames and Wild in 2017-18, will now attempt to make an NHL comeback. Stewart should be considered a longshot to make Philadelphia's roster, but it's possible new head coach Alain Vigneault will be intrigued by his gritty nature.
News: Aube-Kubel inked a one-year, two-way contract with Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Impact: Aube-Kubel saw action in just nine games for the Flyers last season in which he registered two shots, 14 hits and a plus-1 rating while averaging a mere 5:35 of ice time. The addition of Kevin Hayes strengthened the organization's depth down the middle and will make it harder for the 22-year-old Aube-Kubel to break into the lineup.
News: Laughton signed a two-year deal worth $4.6 million with the Flyers on Friday, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Laughton filed for arbitration after receiving a qualifying offer from the team in late June. The 25-year-old appeared in all 82 regular-season games for Philadelphia last season, logging career highs in goals (12), assists (20), points (32), shots on goal (130), hits (146) and average ice time per game (14:51).
News: Laughton filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Impact: Laughton appeared in all 82 regular-season games for Philadelphia last season and logged career highs in goals (12), assists (20), points (32), shots on goal (130), hits (146) and average ice time per game (14:51). With a season that looks so good in the spreadsheet, it's understandable to see why Laughton feels entitled to a higher salary than the qualifying offer extended to him by the Flyers in late June. It's also understandable to think that both parties would strike a deal on a new salary for the Canadian at or before the arbitration hearings and move forward to the 2019-20 season.
News: Berube signed a two-year, two-way contract with Philadelphia on Monday.
Impact: Berube wasn't very good last season, compiling a 21-22-0 record while posting a sub-par 3.01 GAA and .896 save percentage in 43 appearances with AHL Cleveland. This is nothing more than an organizational depth signing for the Flyers.
News: Welinski signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Flyers on Monday.
Impact: Welinski split time between the AHL and NHL in 2018-19, notching four points in 26 games with the Ducks while adding 19 points in 27 minor-league appearances. The 26-year-old will likely have a similar role with Philadelphia during the upcoming campaign, so he can safely be ignored in all fantasy formats.
News: Wotherspoon signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Flyers on Monday.
Impact: Wotherspoon was waived by the eventual Stanley Cup-champion Blues ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, but he stuck around with AHL San Antonio and proceeded to record four goals and 18 assists over 70 minor-league contests. Still, even with a clean slate, Wotherspoon is merely a depth option for fantasy purposes.
News: Criscuolo signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flyers on Monday.
Impact: An undrafted center out of Harvard, Criscuolo registered six goals and 14 assists through 43 games for AHL Rochester last season. He's been limited to nine NHL contests -- all with Buffalo -- to date, and there's not a ton of room for him at the top level with two-way maven Sean Couturier, prolific newcomer Kevin Hayes, and 2017 second overall pick Nolan Patrick -- who is feverishly trying to fend off the draft-bust reputation -- occupying the top-nine. At best, Criscuolo will be a depth option in his new digs.
News: Bigras signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Flyers on Monday.
Impact: The Rangers opted not to tender Bigras a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent, so he hit the open market and now latches on with the Flyers. Colorado took him in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, but it's clear that the shipped has sailed on his prospect status. In fact, Bigras has only accumulated a goal and three helpers over 46 NHL contests, and the Rangers didn't use him at all at the top level when they signed him to a one-year deal last July.
News: Prosser signed a two-year, two-way contract with Philadelphia on Monday.
Impact: Prosser appeared in 15 games with the Wild last year, going scoreless while registering two PIM over that span. The 33-year-old veteran's role with the Flyers will likely be minimal, so don't expect him to have any fantasy value over the next two seasons.
News: Gabriel (upper body) signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flyers on Monday.
Impact: Gabriel split time between the NHL and AHL in 2018-19, picking up six points in 32 minor-league games while adding four points in 22 appearances with the Devils. The 2013 third-round pick will likely have a similar role with Philadelphia, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.
News: Andreoff signed a two-year, $1.5 million contract with the Flyers on Monday.
Impact: Andreoff spent the entirety of the 2018-19 season with AHL Syracuse, racking up 26 goals and 55 points in 75 games. The 28-year-old forward's deal with Philadelphia is one way, which suggests he'll get an opportunity to secure a spot on the big club's Opening Night roster as a bottom-six forward during training camp.
News: Allison will spend the 2019-20 campaign with Western Michigan University, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Allison spent 17 months on the shelf after suffering an ACL tear. The winger told reporters he didn't initially intend to play all four years at WMU, but will complete his senior season nonetheless. If he can show there are no lingering effects from his injury, the 21-year-old should be in line for an entry-level deal at the end of the collegiate season.
News: Elliott inked a one-year, $2 million contract extension with Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Impact: The Flyers appear to have determined which if their three pending free-agent netminders will be sticking around to work with youngster Carter Hart. While Elliott could put himself in a position to earn some starts, he is likely going to have to settle for a mentor role while serving as the No. 2 option heading into the 2019-20 campaign.
News: The Flyers will not send Bailey a qualifying offer prior to Tuesday's deadline, which means he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Impact: Bailey only managed to tally one assist in 11 appearances with Philadelphia this campaign, so this news doesn't come as a surprise. He'll hope to get another opportunity with a new organization in 2019-20, but he may need to settle for a two-day deal in order to make it happen.
News: Provorov was issued a qualifying offer by the Flyers on Tuesday.
Impact: This contract negotiation should be an interesting one, as Provorov was a stud with 41 points and a plus-17 rating in 2017-18, only to decline with 26 points and a minus-16 last season. Still, the 22-year-old Russian hasn't missed a game in three NHL seasons and munches tough minutes on the Flyers' blue line.
News: The Flyers have extended a qualifying offer to Laughton.
Impact: Laughton enjoyed his best season as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (12), assists (20) and shots on goal (130) while appearing in all 82 regular-season games, so it's not surprising to see that the Flyers are interested in keeping him around. It's safe to assume that the 25-year-old will reprise his role as a regular in Philadelphia's bottom six in 2019-20.
News: Konecny was issued a qualifying offer by the Flyers on Tuesday.
Impact: Konecny showed modest improvement last season, scoring two more points than the 47 he scored in 2017-18. Philadelphia's 2015 first-rounder will likely earn a bridge deal from the team this offseason.
News: The Flyers have issued Aube-Kubel a qualifying offer.
Impact: Aube-Kubel has failed to make an impact at the NHL level since turning pro in 2015-16, going scoreless in nine appearances, but he's been somewhat productive in the minors over that span, totaling 97 points in 203 AHL contests. The 2014 second-round pick will likely once again spend the majority of the 2019-20 campaign with AHL Lehigh Valley.
News: Rubtsov says he's fully recovered from the shoulder injury that knocked him out for most of the 2018-19 campaign, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Enquirer reports.
Impact: Rubtsov was playing well at the AHL level before going down last season, so he'll have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot with the big club in camp. The Russian forward was a first-round pick in 2016.
News: Pitlick was traded to Philadelphia in exchange for Ryan Hartman on Monday.
Impact: Pitlick should take on a bottom-six role with his new club after wearing out his welcome in Dallas. After racking up 14 goals and 27 points over 80 games with the Stars in 2017-18, Pitlick scored just 12 points (eight goals) in 47 appearances last season.
News: Sanheim signed a two-year, $6.5 million extension with the Flyers on Monday.
Impact: This is a classic bridge deal for the 23-year-old blueliner. Sanheim's first full season in the NHL was a good one, as he dressed for all 82 games in 2018-19 and compiled 35 points.
News: Attard was drafted 72nd overall by the Flyers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: A 6-foot-3, 207-pound behemoth, Attard is coming off a season in which he set a new USHL record for most goals in a season by a defenseman with 30. He also led all defensemen in points (64), led the league in plus/minus (plus-46), and was named USHL Defenseman of the Year and Player of the Year. Attard did everything you could possibly ask this season and then some, but he's already 20 years of age and is yet to play a single game of collegiate hockey. Because of his age, Attard will have to adjust to his new role at Western Michigan Unversity this fall quicker than most incoming freshmen. If even half of what Attard displayed this past year for Tri-City carries over, however, Philadelphia likely has an NHL regular on its hands in Round 3.
News: Brink was drafted 34th overall by the Flyers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Slated to go anywhere from the mid-to-late first round, the fact Brink plummeted to the early portion of Round 2 was quite shocking. His awkward skating stride has been well documented, but this is a kid who excels in every other area of the sport. His hockey sense and vision are both elite and it's not as if he has struggled to produce offensively despite his lack of foot speed. Brink has the overall skill set to make a lot of NHL clubs look foolish when all is said and done. This was a stellar pick by Philly. Brink is off to the University of Denver.
News: York was drafted 14th overall by the Flyers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday. The pick arrived in a trade with Arizona.
Impact: York's game fits the modern NHL perfectly. He's a strong skater who can push the puck quickly. That skating and his high hockey IQ allow him to both maintain solid gap control and get himself out of defensive trouble. But at just 5-foot-11 and 176 pounds, York needs to thicken his body to be able to deal with big, strong NHL forwards. He ran the U.S. National Development Team's power play and put up obscene numbers there because of the talent on that squad. York can do the same in the NHL and will settle into the second pairing in his prime.
News: Hayes officially signed his seven-year, $50 million contract with the Flyers on Wednesday.
Impact: Hayes -- whose rights were traded to Philadelphia from Winnipeg on June 3 -- was scheduled to hit free agency July 1, but instead inked a long-term deal with his new club. The addition of Hayes will bolster the center depth for the organization, especially with the forward coming off a 2018-19 campaign in which he set career highs in assists (36), points (55) and power-play points (11). Hayes will likely knock Nolan Patrick into a third-line role and could force the youngster off the power play.
News: Hayes is nearing agreement on a seven-year, $50 million contract with the Flyers on Tuesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: Hayes was acquired by Philly from Winnipeg earlier in June and was slated to become a free agent July 1, so the head start in contract talks appears to have paid off for the Flyers. The 27-year-old split last season between the Rangers and Jets and recorded 55 points (19 goals and 36 assists) in 71 games.
News: The Flyers placed MacDonald on unconditional waivers Saturday for the purpose of terminating his contract with the club.
Impact: MacDonald took the ice for just 47 games this season and tallied just nine points after posting 21 points over 66 contests in 2017-18. He was scheduled to remain under contract with the club for one more season, but it appears the veteran has been handed his walking papers early.
News: Niskanen was acquired by Philadelphia from Washington in exchange for Radko Gudas on Friday. The Flyers will retain 30 percent of Gudas' salary as part of the deal.
Impact: Niskanen notched eight goals and 17 assists last year, reaching the 25-point mark for a sixth straight season. Gudas has never reached the 25-point mark in his seven-year career, so this move represents a solid upgrade on the blue line for the Flyers. Niskanen is a top-four defenseman with a high-powered shot that could help him land a power-play role with his new club.
News: Tomek agreed to terms on a one-year team with HK Dukla Trencin in his native Slovakia.
Impact: Tomek spent last season playing for the University of Nebraska-Omaha, for which he saw action in just five games and posted a 0-1-0 record and 4.73 GAA. Selected by the Flyers in the third round of the 2015 NHL Draft, the club will no doubt be eager to see him get some significant play time before committing to an entry-level contract.
News: Per Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lehtera will play for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL in 2019-20.
Impact: Lehtera appeared in 27 games with the Flyers in 2017-18, notching a meager three points over that span. The veteran forward will almost certainly spend the rest of his professional playing career overseas. If that ends up being the case, he'll finish his time in the NHL having racked up 111 points in 307 appearances split between the Blues and Flyers.
News: Hayes was traded to the Flyers from the Jets in exchange for a fifth-round pick on Monday.
Impact: This move is a bit surprising as Hayes is set to hit free agency July 1. However, the Flyers now have a bit of a head start in trying to sign him. Hayes posted a career-high 55 points in 71 games during the 2018-19 campaign and has scored at least 40 in four of his five NHL seasons. For now, no contract extension is imminent.
News: Frost has been named a 2018-19 OHL First Team All-Star.
Impact: It's the second straight season in which Frost has earned the honor. His 72 assists this past year led the league and the 2017 first-rounder (27th overall) has now posted 221 points in his last 125 OHL contests. Frost, who signed his entry-level deal with Philadelphia in August 2017, will turn pro this coming fall.
News: Knight put pen to paper on a one-year contract with Barys Nur-Sultan (KHL) on Tuesday.
Impact: Knight appeared in 23 games for the Flyers this season, in which he tallied one goal, three helpers and 15 shots. With the center bouncing between leagues, he only saw action in eight AHL contests, though he put up 10 points in those outings. Drafted by the Panthers in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, this could mark the end of the 28-year-old's time in the NHL, where he logged a total of 52 games for Calgary, Florida and Philadelphia.