Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Philadelphia Flyers Updates: Neuvirth, Stolarz, Couturier

With netminder Michal Neuvirth being placed on injured reserve for 7-10 days with what is termed a "lower body injury", the Philadelphia Flyers have recalled goaltender Anthony Stolarz from their AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms as reported on the Flyers' website.  Neuvirth, prior to this injury, had won four of his last six starts, dating back to December 15.  Stolarz was available in the Flyers first game back from the All-Star break, backing up starter Steve Mason.  In 29 games at the AHL level this season, Stolarz has a .915 save percentage and 2.45 GAA.  In additional Flyer notes:

  • Bob Brookover writes at about the impact that Sean Couturier has on the Philadelphia Flyers. The left-shooting pivot drafted number 8 overall in the 2011 NHL draft has 23 points (9 goals, 14 assists) in 39 games this season.  With Couturier in the Flyers lineup they have a record of 20-12-7 and with him out of the lineup they are 2-6-1.  That speaks to the value of his play.  Couturier signed a contract extension which will take him through his current contract ending after this season and into six more years expiring in 2021-22.  His extension carries a cap hit of $4.33 million annually.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers are near the top (or bottom, depending on how you look at it) of the heap when it comes to available room beneath the salary cap.  According to the Flyers have just over $4 million of cap space available. As the trade deadline approaches on February 29, what the Flyers do in terms of making a trade will depend on where management sees the team heading.  If they put up a decent February and are in the hunt for a position spot, they'll push the cap limit and make an acquisition.  It would not be surprising if they acquired a to-be unrestricted free agent with goal-scoring ability in return for draft picks.  

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