Philadelphia Flyers Player News: Centers

News: Patrick (upper body) is considered week-to-week and could miss Opening Night against the Blackhawks on Oct. 4, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports.
Impact: It's a rough start to the season for Patrick, who was already slated to drop into a third-line role following the summer signing of Kevin Hayes. After being drafted No.2 overall in 2017, expectations were high for the Winnipeg native, but he's only totaled 61 points in 145 games through his first two NHL campaigns. An extended absence to start the 2019-20 campaign won't improve the youngsters chances of cracking the 15-goal or 35-point thresholds in 2019-20.
News: Konecny has yet to re-sign with the Flyers and didn't report for the start of training camp Friday, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: The Flyers are in active discussions with Konecny, so at this point it's still looking like he'll be signed prior to Opening Night. The 22-year-old forward notched 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games last campaign.
News: Patrick has not been cleared to participate in on-ice practices due to an upper-body injury, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports.
Impact: This news comes as a bit of a surprise, as Patrick had been skating regularly in the lead-up to training camp, but at this point there's no reason to believe he's dealing with anything serious. Another update on the 20-year-old pivot's status should surface once he's given the green light to return to practice.
News: Pitlick had surgery to repair a tear in his wrist suffered during offseason training and will be sidelined at least four weeks, the team announced Monday.
Impact: Pitlick will likely miss the entirety of the preseason, though the team's last warm-up game against HC Lausanne is exactly four weeks after the start of his rehab work (Sept. 2). Even if the center is healthy enough to play Opening Night against the Blackhawks on Oct. 4, his lack of practice time could see him scratched from the lineup anyway.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.