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Flyers sign forward Mike Vecchione to entry-level contract

Flyers sign forward Mike Vecchione to entry-level contract

Shayne Gostisbehere's pitchman routine worked.
 
The Flyers on Friday signed 24-year-old centerman Mike Vecchione, a teammate of Ghost at Union College, to a one-year contract worth $925,000.
 
He will join the Flyers immediately and is expected to play out the final five games of the season.
 
"I was honest with him and told him about us … I'm excited he picked us," Gostisbehere said.
 
Vecchione, who was the ECAC player of the year, had a short list of clubs that reportedly included the Flyers, Rangers and Tampa Bay.
 
The Bruins were hoping to land him because Vecchione is a resident of Saugus, Mass.
 
Because he is 24, Vecchione can only sign for one year. He will, however, be a restricted free agent after the season, allowing the Flyers to re-sign him.
 
At 5-foot-10, he is another undersized forward, much like Travis Konecny and Jordan Weal, but he has established a reputation for playing above his size.
 
He led Union College with 29 goals this season and is a Hobey Baker finalist. His 1.66 points per game average was tied with Northeastern forward Zach Aston-Reese for highest average in the NCAA.
 
He is the Dutchmen's all-time leading scorer with 175 points and also holds the assist record with 104.
 
"He's a great two-way guy," Gostisbehere said. "He goes to the dirty areas. He's so reliable defensively and has the skill to put the puck in the back of the net. He can make the play. He's an all-situation guy."
 
Vecchione, Aston-Reese and Denver defenseman Will Butcher are the three Baker finalists as the top collegian in the country.
 
Vecchione is represented by Mark Toof, an agent with Lewis Gross' firm, SPM. Gross represented John LeClair during his playing days.

What Petr Mrazek hopes to add to Flyers

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What Petr Mrazek hopes to add to Flyers

VOORHEES, N.J. — Petr Mrazek was the first Flyer on the ice for Wednesday's practice, spending considerable time with goaltending coach Kim Dillabaugh.

"We talked about strategy a little bit, how to square up to the puck, how to help the D and the PK and how to manage things," Mrazek said. "I think we had a good conversation and I'm looking forward to working with him and try and help the team."

Mrazek was also the first guy off the ice, an early indication that he'll make his Flyers debut Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. Mrazek spent his first day in Philadelphia serving as Alex Lyon's backup and watched his new team from the bench, quickly noticing how the Flyers moved the puck from zone-to-zone.  

"Everyone was really fast in transition yesterday. We were trying to get the puck out of the zone as quick as we can," Mrazek said.

Mrazek believes he can help facilitate quick breakouts with the way he plays the puck and working the puck to his defensemen.

"I'm really confident in playing the puck and helping the defense," Mrazek said. "I like to be involved behind the net and put the puck on their sticks and get the puck out of the zone. Especially on the road, it's very important when teams chip the puck behind the net and try to make play out there."

Playing the puck efficiently will certainly help Mrazek rest easier, as was his first night in Philadelphia. Staying at a nearby hotel, Mrazek was able to get a good night's rest after barely getting any sleep the night he was traded to Philadelphia. 

"I was fine today," he said, "but yesterday when I woke up at four in the morning I asked myself, 'Is this really happening?'"

Flyers survive a scare with Travis Konecny

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Flyers survive a scare with Travis Konecny

VOORHEES, N.J. — T.K. appears to be OK.

The Flyers have apparently survived a scare, even though Travis Konecny sat out Wednesday's workout. The Flyers' winger was given a maintenance day to recover from soreness from Tuesday's win over the Canadiens.

General manager Ron Hextall listed Konecny as probable after he took a slap shot off his left skate in the first period that severely hampered his mobility.

Konecny labored throughout the majority of the game, unable to sustain for prolonged periods with nine shifts under 30 seconds. The 20-year-old winger has been a primary contributor during the Flyers' second-half surge with 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in his last 24 games since being moved up to the Flyers' top line.

Tuesday night was just the seventh time during that 24-game span Konecny failed to register a point. The Flyers will make a determination following Thursday's morning skate regarding his availability against the Blue Jackets.

"Either you can play or you can't this time of year," Dave Hakstol said. "Nobody would be surprised to know that around the league there's a lot of guys that play at a little bit less than 100 percent. This time of year, that's how it is. You have to be able to do your job at a high level. That's the line — you're on one side of it or the other, and we'll make that decision."

Taylor Leier, a healthy scratch the past seven games, skated in Konecny's spot on the Flyers' top line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier.