According to Capgeek.com, the Flyers have tied up the final loose end of the offseason by re-signing RFA forward Darroll Powe to a one-year, $725,000 deal on Wednesday night.
The contract is a $205,000 raise from what he made last season.
Powe, 25, heading into his third full season with the Flyers, is currently slated as the 13th forward for a Philly team that is log jammed at that position. However, the Princeton Alum is expected to get a fair shot at making the active roster in training camp due to the potential absence of Flyers fourth-line center Blair Betts, who is recovering from shoulder surgery that is estimated to keep him sidelined until Nov.
The gritty speedster and penalty kill specialist averaged just over 12 minutes a game of ice time and ranked second on the Flyers in hits with 183 in 63 games last season. He scored nine goals and six assists during that span.
It won’t be until tomorrow, when general manager Paul Holmgren will be available to the media, that the specific offers made by the Flyers to their restricted free agents will come to light. But according to an e-mail Holmgren sent out on Monday, no one was left out.
“Qualifying offers to all of our RFA’s were sent out some time ago,” Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com.
When game 3 ended, just like in overtime, the Flyers were simply hungrier for the puck.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, immediately following Claude Giroux’s game-winning goal to give the Flyers their first win in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, teammate Darroll Powe came in possession of the game puck and gave it directly to Giroux. Other reports have Wachovia Center rink maintenance picking it up and handing it over to the Flyers.
Either way, no Chris Pronger, no Ben Eager and no problems.
For all the Flyers’ fans expecting and clamoring for a trade before the holiday freeze on Dec. 19 — don’t hold your breath.
On Wednesday, general manager Paul Holmgren made it clear that he wants more time to observe the team under newly minted head coach Peter Laviolette before making a team-shaking move.
“I’d like to evaluate things under the new coach for a while and see how things go with the guys coming back,” Holmgren told the Inquirer, when asked about making a move.
Blair Betts (shoulder) is set to make his return tonight versus the Penguins, while Simon Gagne (hernia) and Darroll Powe (shoulder) are expected to return to the lineup before the New Year.
Holmgren hopes the influx of fresh bodies and minds helps rejuvenate a sullen Flyers team that has lost 11 of their last 14.
If that doesn’t help, heads are sure to roll.
According to an official release from the Philadelphia Flyers, forward Simon Gagne is very questionable for Tuesday’s game in Washington due to a lower body injury. The good news is — it’s not his groin.
As it stands now, center Blair Betts is set to return off the IR on Tuesday, moving either Darroll Powe or Mika Pyorala to a top-3 line to replace Gagne.
More injury is the last thing Gagne needs. After missing most of the preseason with a groin injury suffered in Team Canada’s conditioning camp, the 29-year-old winger has not been the same. Scoring 34 goals last year for the Flyers, Gagne has just one goal and four assists in nine games.
But it isn’t his statistics that are the issue — it’s his ice presence.
Gagne has noticeably floated aimlessly around the ice and has purposely not taken contact, to the point where many speculated a lingering groin problem.
VOORHEES –Three-year rookie camp veteran and former third-round pick Jonathan Matsumoto is in organizational suspended animation.
The once mid-level center prospect, who just three years ago showed promise as a depth player, has quickly stagnated in the Flyers’ system, getting passed on the depth chart by centers Darroll Powe, Jared Ross and Jon Kalinski. And although the soon-to-be 23-year old put up 107 points in 156 games with the Phantoms, he hasn’t seen one minute of NHL ice time.
“If I knew what was holding me back I would have worked on it already,” said smiley and soft spoken Matsumoto. “They told me to come to camp in shape and I’m feeling good now. I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. Hopefully I just get a chance to show what I can do this year.”