The Flyers have assigned left winger Michael Raffl and defensemen Oliver Lauridsen to Adirondack, general manager Paul Holmgren said.
Raffl, who was signed during last season from Austria, played in four preseason games. The Flyers were said to be high on the 24-year-old, but he went scoreless in his preseason games with a minus-1 rating.
Lauridsen saw plenty of time with the Flyers during last season due to injuries and looked good in most of his games. The big-bodied 24-year-old scored two goals and an assist in those 15 games.
The Philadelphia Flyers will have quite the balance of experience and youth on their blue line this season.
With players ranging from 23 years-old all the way to 38, the mix of veteran prowess and future promise hopes to be the perfect combination for a turnaround season.
One of the more controversial contracts this year is that of 38-year-old Kimmo Timonen.
Timonen’s one-year, $6 million deal can easily be considered a mistake when given to someone his age, but what Timonen brings to the table every season is irreplaceable. While his game may not be the same as it was three years ago, he can still be argued as the best defenseman in Philadelphia.
(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (front) is the unquestioned leader of the unit whereas Luke Schenn (back) is the future. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)
According to insider Anthony SanFilippo, 6'6", 220 lb Oliver Lauridsen signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio reported the annual cap hit at $600,000 over the next two seasons. The first year of Lauridsen's deal will be a two-way contract and the second year will be a one-way contract.
Since dealing two of the franchise's most prominent stars of the 2000's, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, it seems the Philadelphia fan base has surgically dissected every single move made by the Flyers front office.
The two most scrutinized moves in the past two years though are the dealings of young stars James van Riemsdyk and Sergei Bobrovsky. To be fair, the former was an even trade that benefited both the Flyers, who got Luke Schenn, and the Maple Leafs, who landed the scorer in van Riemsdyk.
As for the latter, Bobrovsky was traded this past offseason to the Columbus Blue Jackets where he won the starting job over now-current Flyers back-up goaltender Steve Mason. After turning the Blue Jackets around and nearly making the post season, Bobrovsky is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's best goaltender.
(Pictured: Serge Bobrovsky against the Stars on April 25, 2013. Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
There are a handful of Flyers rookies who are looking to stand-out for Peter Laviolette as he starts to think about his blue line for next season.
For one, that may not necessarily be a difficult task.
Oliver Lauridsen is lucky he's a 6'6" mammoth of a man. Calling himself the "Great Dane" on Twitter, Lauridsen has been impressive for the Flyers in the 14 games he's played for Philadelphia so far.
Last night was just another example of what he brings to the table and it's certainly helping his cause.
With 6:31 left in the game, Lauridsen's screamer of a slap shot beat the Islanders' Kevin Poulin to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead and eventual victory. It was the second straight game in which Lauridsen scored a goal, both being credited as game-winners.
It's safe to say that this goal meant a bit more to Oliver Lauridsen than the first.
Credited with the game-winning goal for the second game in a row, Lauridsen scored the crucial goal in the Flyers 2-1 win Thursday over a playoff bound Islanders team in need of some points.
Lauridsen blasted a slap shot from the left circle that beat Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin with over six minutes left in the game to snap a 1-1 tie.
Unlike his flukey first goal on Tuesday, Lauridsen's blast went untouched as it found the back of the net. It was his second goal in as many games.
"I don’t know. I think that first one I am going to remember forever, actually," Lauridsen said in reference to the own goal by Zdeno Chara on Tuesday that was credited to him. "This one I probably will too, but I’ll take both of them definitely."
For most of the 2013 season it seemed the bounces just weren't go the Flyers' way.
Bad bounces led to opponents' goals while they stayed out of the nets when the Flyers were on the offensive. Along with a complicated mixture of other factors, it kept the Flyers out of the post season for just the second time in the last 18 years.
That luck would finally change for the Flyers when it didn't really matter, but it felt good anyway.
In a 60-minute game for the Flyers, a minuscule seven-second window produced two goals which lead to the Flyers' eventual 5-2 win over the Bruins.
(Pictured: Matt Read during warm-ups before his game against the Bruins. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)