It took them until the second day of free agency, but the Philadelphia Flyers finally made a few significant moves today. Yes, they signed a few goalies (Ray Emery and Rob Zepp) and a depth forward (Blair Jones) yesterday, but overall they stayed quiet.
This morning the Flyers signed Jason Akeson to a one year, two-way contract. Later in the day, they traded Tye McGinn for a 2015 3rd round pick and they also signed a depth defenseman in Nick Schultz.
The numbers of Jason Akeson’s contract have not been disclosed. However, his qualifying offer was little bit over $700K, so his NHL salary is likely somewhere between $700K-$1M. Akeson played in a total of 8 games last season (reg season and playoffs). He scored two goals and added two assists. His offensive instincts give him a shot at the NHL next season, although that is far from a foregone conclusion. He tore up the AHL last season, scoring 64 points in 70 games.
Nick Schultz will likely be the #7 defenseman for the Flyers next year and his one year contract is for $1.25M. He is a 6’1″, 200lbs, left-handed defenseman who brings very little offensive ability (21 points in last 200 reg season games). He is 31 years old and will allow the Flyers to keep their young guns (Gostisbehere, Hagg, Alt, etc) in the minors/juniors. Schultz has pretty awful advanced statistics, but he will likely fill the hole (in the press box) left by Hal Gill.
The next move of the day was the trade of left winger Tye McGinn. The Flyers acquired a 3rd round pick in the 2015 NHL draft from the San Jose Sharks. As this past season progressed, McGinn’s NHL future began to slowly deteriorate. Although McGinn has 7 goals through 36 NHL games and some believe he still has top six potential, he was clearly not in the Flyers long term plans. For a team in desperate need of 2015 draft picks (the Flyers are still without a 2nd rounder), this trade is very helpful.
The final move (so far) of the day was the signing of depth winger Andrew Gordon. Last season, Gordon was a part of the Winnipeg Jets organization. He spent the year in the AHL and was signed by Philadelphia to a one year, two-way contract. He earned 57 points during the regular season (23G, 34 A) and earned 19 points (8G, 11A) in 21 AHL playoff games. Although he is likely going to be a Phantom, he will bring nice depth to the organization.
We will keep you posted on new moves that the Philadelphia Flyers make.