UPDATE: The team has confirmed the signing, as well as the addition of center Boyd Gordon.
Gordon, 32, spent last season with the Arizona Coyotes, recording two goals and two assists, along with 10 penalty minutes and a -7 rating, in 65 games. Gordon is entering his 13th NHL season, with 55 goals and 105 assists in 693 career games with the Coyotes, Washington Capitals, and Edmonton Oilers. He’s also a former first round pick.
The 6-0, 200 lb. veteran is more of a depth signing for the team. He could be a fourth-line guy if the Flyers do not re-sign Sam Gagner. Gordon hasn’t played in the AHL in 10 seasons, so it looks like he might play with the Flyers next year. He turns 33 in October. Terms of the deal are undisclosed.
The Flyers also signed center Andy Miele to a one-year, one-way deal. The 28-year-old spent the last two seasons in the Detroit Red Wings organization with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. In 75 games last season, the 5-9, 175 lb. forward scored 18 goals and 44 assists, along with 77 penalty minutes and a +18 rating. He has only played in 15 NHL games, all with the Arizona (then Phoenix) Coyotes, with just two assists. He’s undersized, and it could be why he last appeared in the NHL during the 2013-14 season.
Miele is a former Hobey Baker Award winner at Miami University (Ohio), scoring 24 goals and 47 assists in just 39 games during the 2010-11 season.
Miele is likely a depth signing, and will probably spend most of next season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Since it’s a one-way contract, he will have to go through waivers if he is either called up or sent down, similar to Colin McDonald.
The Flyers have made their first signing of the Free Agency period, as the team has signed right winger Dale Weise to a four year deal reportedly worth $9.4 million, with an average annual value (AAV) of $2.35 million, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
Weise, 27, is listed at 6-2, 206 lb. and spent last season with the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks. He scored 14 goals and 13 assists for a total of 27 points last year, with 26 of those points coming in 56 games with Montreal. The Blackhawks acquired him and Tomas Fleischmann for Phillip Danault and a 2018 second round pick. It was his second straight 20-point season.
Weise will be entering his 6th full NHL season since entering the league with the New York Rangers in 2011 and playing 10 games. In 329 career games, he has 37 goals and 49 assists, along with 260 penalty minutes and a +19 rating. He will turn 28 in August.
It will likely mean the end of Ryan White‘s stay in Philadelphia after two seasons. The 28-year-old had 11 goals and five assists last season, with a career-high 101 penalty minutes and a -9 rating. Weise and White play a similar style, but Weise is a better player than White overall. It also shows how much White was asking for. The Flyers have enough cap room for a deal worth this much, but with Weise on the market, it appears that GM Ron Hextall would rather ditch White.
Current Flyer Michael Del Zotto welcomed the newest Flyer about a half-hour before news came out.
— Michael Del Zotto (@MichaelDelZotto) July 1, 2016
Del Zotto and Weise were teammates while they were both in the New York Rangers organization, before Weise was waived by the team before the 2011-12 season, where the Vancouver Canucks picked him up.
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