The big list of pending unrestricted free agents the Flyers can steal from their Metropolitan Division rivals

The Philadelphia Flyers don’t have much cap space, and they could ‘sell’ more than they ‘buy’ in the offseason. But maybe they will also shock us with a few signings.
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Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Forward/Washington Capitals

With nearly 24.4 hits per game, the Flyers are one of the NHL’s more physical hockey teams, but Nicolas Aube-Kubel carries more value than just being a pure hitter. He’s someone who won’t mind factoring in as a 13th or 14th forward, and his 30 takeaways in 55 matchups as of April 3rd shows you just how often he’s stopping opponents from making plays. 

Overall, Aube-Kubel is a fourth-liner, and that’s all he should play, whether in Washington, Philadelphia, or in another division. Despite the limited ice time, it seems as though no matter where Aube-Kubel has played in the past, he’s always helping his team score more goals than they allow at 5-on-5 - even with a Washington Capitals team that’s minus-35 in goal differential. 

In 2023-24, his on-ice goals for vs. goals against ratio is a sound 26 to 21 at 5-on-5, and it’s a near-identical 26 to 22 at even strength. His possession quality of minus-7.2 doesn’t tell the entire story, especially when you factor in his xGF sitting at just 18.6 vs. an xGA of 25.8. Regardless, Aube-Kubel has shown plenty of times that he gets the job done, and that should be good enough to target him in free agency if the Flyers need another lower-liner. 


(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference)