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CBA Explained: Draft eligibility and signing undrafted players AKA why Raffl has a one-year deal

Last week a twitter interaction between Dustin Leed, Kurt from Broad Street Hockey, and Tyler Altemose brought to light that newly signed Flyer Michael Raffl is signed to a one-year contract, despite some sources indicating the deal was for three years. This prompted me to write my first CBA Explained article in over two months. So let’s quickly touch on what makes a player eligible for the draft, and then what are the restrictions around signing players that are not drafted. From section 8.4 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA): “8.4 Eligibility for Claim. (a) All Players age 18 or older …

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2013 Year In Review: Luke Schenn

Throw away all expectations, because Luke Schenn’s first year as a Philadelphia Flyer failed to reach them, let alone exceed them. Schenn came to Philadelphia in the oft-criticized trade of forward James van Reimsdyk. The offseason trade occurred after Flyers general manager had turned down the deal at the 2012 trade deadline. So what made Schenn more attractable in the offseason? The 23-year old defenseman had fallen out of favor in Toronto, routinely becoming a healthy scratch. Schenn, the f5th overall pick in the 2008 draft, needed a new start, one he found in Philadelphia. The elder brother of Flyers …

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Forward thinking: Questions at left wing?

When the Philadelphia Flyers introduced their free agent acquisitions to the world yesterday at the Wells Fargo Center, Paul Holmgren wasted no time mentioning how deep Vincent Lecavalier makes the team down the middle of the ice as he sees it. “With [Claude] Giroux, Lecavalier and [Sean] Couturier as your three centers, you’re pretty good. That’s pretty good,” said Homer, after acknowledging the ability of guys like Matt Read and Max Talbot to step in for a few draws as well – something he believes makes the team “better off.” It’s tough to disagree with the man, and not just because …

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Partway through Day One of Free Agency, it’s time to give Homer some credit

So here we are a mere few hours after free agency kicked off at noon on July 5; but it appears as if the Flyers may call it a day.  I’ve often been a pretty harsh critic of Paul Holmgren in the past, but he gets top marks from me after Day one. Homer has a history of being the first to market and doing whatever it takes to get the guy he wants. Often that may involve having to make a secondary move to fit in the initial one. Or, as was often the case in the past, being …

2013 Year In Review: Ruslan Fedotenko

Ruslan Fedotenko, in his second tour of duty with the Flyers, voiced his displeasure with how he was used this year. Amongst his biggest gripes was the lack of ice time he saw, including time on the power play. Rusty Feds, as the Flyers Faithful have come to calling him, was brought into Philadelphia to fill the role of bottom-six forward and strengthen the penalty kill. Fedotenko’s role was also to provide a strong veteran presence in a locker room filled with youth. Fedotenko came back to Philadelphia after a strong campaign in the KHL during the lockout. He played …