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Philadelphia Flyers Rink Rats

Good morning Philadelphia Flyers fans! We are less than a month away from training camp and less than two months from the start of the NHL season. In what has been a quiet summer for the Flyers, many other teams have been very busy. However, many feel that there is still a move to be made in Philadelphia. So, without further ado, take a look at the latest stories from around the league:

Bill Meltzer breaks down a variety of Flyers topics.

First and foremost among his topics this morning is the signing of Martin Ouellette. The goaltender who was originally a 7th round draft pick in 2010 (184th overall, CBJ) has signed an AHL-only contract with the Flyers. The 22 year old goalie will likely begin the season with the ECHL Reading Royals, but he could challenge for a spot on the Phantoms. This gives the Flyers six goalies under contract, Steve Mason, Ray Emery, Robert Zepp, Anthony Stolarz, Connor Knapp, and Ouellette.

It looks as if the Flyers are out of the Kevin Hayes sweepstakes.

Many reports out there have the Flames and Bruins atop the list for UFA Kevin Hayes. As many as a dozen teams made a pitch to the young winger, but he has supposedly narrowed down his search. Ekland, in the article above, gives the Predators a mention as well as both the Bruins and Flames. Hayes is from Boston, and his two Boston College linemates (Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold) are a part of Calgary’s system.

It’s Giroux against Rinaldo in the play of the year semifinals.

Over on the Philadelphia Flyers official website, Claude Giroux and Zac Rinaldo will battle it out for a chance to go to the ‘Play of the Year’ finals. Giroux’s no-look backhanded goal is taking on Rinaldo’s hit on Kyle Clifford. Now, I do not want to tell you how to vote… but how can Giroux’s backhanded goal not be the play of the year?

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