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  • Mike Barr
    started a topic Raffl Signed For Two Years ($1.6M AAV)

    Raffl Signed For Two Years ($1.6M AAV)

    I know a lot of people are going to hate this, but I'm fine with the move. Raffl is a nice "swiss army knife" player who can move around the lineup depending on injuries and performance. He's best served as a bottom six, of course, and ideally you'd like him on the fourth line. He is a very good penalty killer and gives a consistent effort game in and game out, which is more than can be said for some players. At $1.6M, he's not killing your cap space. I've seen nothing special from Varone, Knight or Bailey to make Raffl easily expendable. Sure NAK, Vorobyev or someone else could impress at camp and come in as a bottom six. But it's good to have a veteran like Raffl there as well.

    https://www.nhl.com/flyers/news/flye...rs/c-306155584

    The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed left wing Michael Raffl to a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season worth an average annual value (AAV) of $1.6 million, according to Executive Vice President & General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

    "We're happy to have Michael for the next two years," Fletcher said. "Throughout his six seasons with the Flyers he has played a pivotal role in a variety of positions and situations. His versatility, experience and work ethic will be valuable assets to our team going forward."

    "I'm very happy," Raffl said. "We've been working on this for a little bit now. I really like it here. This is the place I want to be and this has been my home, so I'm excited about the next two years. We have a young, exciting team and I'm happy to continue to be a part of it going forward."

    Raffl, 30 (12/1/1988), has appeared in 406 career games for the team over six seasons. He's scored 70 goals and added 62 assists for 132 points in that time, and has a career plus-minus rating of +21. Raffl has had double-digit goals in three of his six seasons with the Flyers, including a career-high 21 goals in 2014-15.

    A native of Villach, Austria, Raffl came to Philadelphia after playing professionally in Sweden and also in his home country. He has represented Austria on the international stage on several occasions, including the 2014 Winter Olympics, five World Championships, and two World Junior Championships.

    Raffl originally signed with the Flyers as a free agent on May 31, 2013.

  • dogzus
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    Sort of a fluke and probably not meaningful in this game at least.

    http://www.shiftchart.com/game/2019-...e-leafs-flyers

    They mostly played together but Knight did a few shifts with Laughton and Hartman and that trio got a goal which probably got them a few more shifts together.

    Knight and Raffl both sat at the same time together near the end when the bench got shortened.

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  • AIK1891
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    Originally posted by clumsysnake View Post
    ... Knight and Varone on our 4th line shows we lack depth at the bottom of the lineup.

    If he's happy playing that 4th ES / PK / utility forward role then thats great for us. Laughton / Raffl is a solid starting point for the bottom 6.
    Originally posted by IceHokie View Post
    ... comfortable plugging him to any of the 4 lines and a great PK guy.
    So I admittedly don't get to view games except, it seems, on some very rare occasions ...
    ... but it [a number of times times lately] seems from looking at the boxscores that Raffl always has the lowest TOI of any of the forwards. Happened again tonight, as easily the lowest TOI, when Knight was the second-lowest got about 25% more TOI.

    I know he obviously couldn't get time killing the first penalty since he was in the box, and I didn't see if he took any PK shifts in the third. But, I was surprised by the signing since the coaching staff hasn't looked like they are especially comfortable sending him out regularly based on his number of shifts & ice time.

    Is this just a result of the playoff push rolling only three lines too much (whether dressing seven D or not)?


    Last edited by AIK1891; 03-27-2019, 11:11 PM. Reason: Looked over his gae logs, and it seems to see-saw in his TOI, but still seems trending lower than under Hakstol.

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  • IceHokie
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    For that number it's a great move. He defines utility player for me, comfortable plugging him to any of the 4 lines and a great PK guy.

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  • irvdog
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    He does play a heavy game on the boards and leads on the ice with smart responsible decisions. He has grown over the years too....a little more upside with him in a more regular role I'd like to think.

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  • Strohs72
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    Not a bad signing at all IMO. I like what he brings ... if the flyers have added depth next year he belongs on the 4th line which Im fine with at this amount and term. Playing in his role hes a good fourth liner .. when he plays on the top two lines his lack of foot speed is apparent.


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  • swami24
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    I like the number. He could always be exposed for expansion or traded. This also makes me think that management thinks that none, or only one, of the kid forwards will be ready for next year.

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  • clumsysnake
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    Good move. Knight and Varone on our 4th line shows we lack depth at the bottom of the lineup. Even if TWO phantoms move up, raffl is still needed. It's very possible that none of Voro, Rubtsov, Frost, Farabee, Ratcliffe, Allison are ready next year. I doubt he'll block anyone.

    The contract is totally fair. He's gonna score 20 pts, but his pts/60 hasn't really changed. I actually thought he'd want more ice time elsewhere. If he's happy playing that 4th ES / PK / utility forward role then thats great for us. Laughton / Raffl is a solid starting point for the bottom 6.

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  • lynchmob450
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    Originally posted by Mike Barr View Post
    ...He's best served as a bottom six, of course, and ideally you'd like him on the fourth line...
    I think he'd be a fantastic 4th liner...using him anywhere else should be due to an emergency, not because the coach is looking to spark someone in the top-9. So i am really hoping that Raffl stays on the bottom 3 and works his tail off the way he has done over the years.

    If i could build a 4th line, i'd like to see Raffl play with Laughton and NAK. For this to happen, we need to find a 3C (or 2C if Patrick plays the 3C role).

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  • Vedder
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    Yeah good signing. He is so adaptable and end of day you can always send him to the AHL for not much of a cap hit.

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