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Flyers Hartnell, Lecavalier to Miss Time

The Flyers' depth at forwards, which was already at question when healthy, just took a major hit.

After leaving the game on Friday, both left winger Scott Hartnell and center Vincent Lecavalier will both miss some time, per general manager Paul Holmgren.

BREAKING: Flyers Fire Head Coach Peter Laviollete; Craig Berube Replaces Lavy

The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Peter Laviolette just three games into the 2013-14 season.

After losing 3-1, 4-1 and 2-1 to open the season, the Flyers pulled the trigger on a coaching change. The Flyers announced the firing at the Wells Fargo Center Monday morning.

“I met with Peter Laviolette earlier this morning and informed him that he was being relieved of his duties as head coach,” general manager Paul Holmgren said to open the press conference.

They have decided to go with assistant coach Craig Berube as Laviolette’s replacement. Berube will be the head coach, and not an interim tag, Holmgren said.

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Laughton's Demotion Will Serve Him Well

Yesterday, center Scott Laughton returned to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL for the second consecutive year. However, last year's stay lasted a full five games, and this time around, zero.

19-year-old Laughton failed to crack the lineup in favor of forwards Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. If he could not beat Rosehill or Hall in the lineup, why keep him around?

Matt Read Signs Multi-Year Extension

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that Matt Read has signed a multi-year contract extension believed to be a four years in length totaling $14.5 million. The annual average value (AAV) stands at a shade over $3.6 million per season.

Flyers Re-Sign RFA Defenseman Brandon Manning

According to Flyers Insider Anthony SanFilippo, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed 23-year-old defenseman Brandon Manning to a one year, two-way contract. Financial terms were not immediately available.

Flyers Give Sean Couturier Two-Year Extension

Sean Couturier has always been a prized possession in the eyes of general manager Paul Holmgren, surviving numerous trade talks.

Couturier will now be in a Flyers uniform a bit longer. The Flyers have extended the contract of the 20-year-old center for the next two years following the 2013-14 season.

Couturier's extension is worth $3.5 million over two seasons. Couturier is expected to go into camp this season, his third in the NHL, as the Flyers third center behind recently extended captain Claude Giroux and the newly signed Vincent Lecavalier.

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Flyers Sign Oliver Lauridsen

Big Oliver is back.

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.

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Lecavalier's Decision Easy In Coming to Philly

The man who once wore a #4 on his sweater will have to add a zero, as the retired Barry Ashbee holds permanent claim to that number.

Though Vincent Lecavalier will have to add a zero to his jersey, leading him to don a #40 jersey with the Flyers, Philadelphia did not get a zero as they landed the top free agent of the offseason. After inking a five-year, $22.5 million contract to play for the Flyers, the 33-year-old Lecavalier will bring the perfect combination of scoring and a veteran presence to a young Flyers team seeking a direction.

“I’m really excited," Lecavalier said. "Obviously everything came pretty quickly. I was part of an organization for 14 years so it was a tough few days. But after I talked to [head coach Peter Laviolette] and [general manager Paul Holmgren], I really liked what they have to say and where the organization is going. So that made my decision a lot easier.”

Lecavalier was bought-out by the Tampa Bay Lightning, a shock to the NHL. His buyout of $30 million over 14 years broke an NHL record that Ilya Bryzgalov held for only a few hours.

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Holmgren: Flyers "Capped Out Right Now"

July 5 did not carry the same pomp and circumstance that the days leading up to the day did for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Early in the day on Friday, goaltender Ray Emery agreed to a one-year deal, and depth goaltender Yann Danis also agreed to a one-year pact.

Those moves along with the acquisitions of defenseman Mark Streit and former Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier make the team look a lot better off than last season's unfortunate debacle.

Expected comments released by General Manager Paul Holmgren revealed that the team is capped out. No flexibility exists to make additional moves, including one that could have kept popular winger Simon Gagne in the fold.

Flyers Sign G Yann Danis

The Flyers have announced that 32-year-old goaltender Yann Danis has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the club. Financial details were not disclosed at the time of signing.

Danis will likely start the season with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL since according to Flyers' insider Anthony SanFilippo, prospect Anthony Stolarz will return to juniors. Additionally, Danis only played four games in the NHL over the last two seasons.