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Flyers trade Ryan Hartman to Stars in exchange for Tyler Pitlick

Flyers trade Ryan Hartman to Stars in exchange for Tyler Pitlick

Well, Chuck Fletcher won't have to worry about re-signing Ryan Hartman.

That's because the Flyers' general manager traded the restricted free agent on Monday to the Stars in exchange for forward Tyler Pitlick.

"Tyler is a hard-working, versatile player who will bring speed, energy and a competitive edge to our team," Fletcher said in a release by the team.

Hartman, 24, was acquired at the Feb. 25 deadline in the Wayne Simmonds trade. The Flyers also received a 2020 fourth-round pick in that deal. Hartman, a 2013 first-round pick, scored six points (two goals, four assists) in 19 games with the Flyers. He was set to play winger on the third of fourth line in 2019-20. Fletcher last week did not rule out the chance of a prospect taking a third-line winger spot in training camp.

Pitlick, a 27-year-old who can play center or winger, is 6-foot-2, 201 pounds and appeared in only 47 games last season because of wrist surgery in February. He finished with 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in 2018-19. His best season came in 2017-18, when he scored 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 80 games with Dallas.

"I'm a physical, north-skating player," Pitlick said, via Flyers public relations. "I can score and make plays when I get the chance. I'm going to be physical and I'm going to create energy and compete as hard as I can."

Pitlick is on the final year of a three-year contract with a cap hit of $1 million. The move could help the Flyers slightly with the cap. There's a chance Hartman could have received more than $1 million on his new deal, and for more than one year. Pitlick will be off the books after 2019-20 if the Flyers decide they don't want to re-sign him. According to CapFriendly.com, the Flyers have a little over $17 million in cap space.

Fletcher still needs to handle four of the Flyers' remaining restricted free agents and figure out the team's backup goalie situation (see story).

In a span of 11 days, Fletcher has parted ways with Radko Gudas, Andrew MacDonald and Hartman, signed Kevin Hayes, traded for Matt Niskanen, Justin Braun and Pitlick, re-signed Travis Sanheim and drafted seven new Flyers prospects.

Busy times, indeed.

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Flyers Talk podcast: Good news for Flyers as NHL's 24-team plan continues to take shape

Flyers Talk podcast: Good news for Flyers as NHL's 24-team plan continues to take shape

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall analyze some good developments for the orange and black.

From breaking down the 24-team tournament and discussing the NHL's timeline, let's dive in:

1:00 — The latest on the NHL's 24-team format

3:30 — Why the Flyers are in a promising spot

9:40 — A breakdown of the timeline for a potential resumption

15:00 — What should we make of Max Kellerman's hot take?

18:30 — Claude Giroux sends powerful and important message

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Claude Giroux puts ESPN's Max Kellerman in his place for bad hot take on hockey

Claude Giroux puts ESPN's Max Kellerman in his place for bad hot take on hockey

Claude Giroux delivered an important message Wednesday night.

On Friday morning, he delivered a knockout.

Max Kellerman had a piping hot take about hockey Wednesday on ESPN's "First Take."

Anybody surprised? No? OK, so here it was:

Listen, I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but in the United States of America, no one really cares about hockey. You know, the old joke is every town has 20,000 hockey fans, they all have season tickets, so the arenas are always sold out but the TV ratings don’t do anything. So it’s not one of the four major team sports.

Giroux, the Flyers' captain and one of the NHL's stars over the last decade, had an appropriate response.

Perfectly done. Giroux subtly put Kellerman in his place and clearly laughed it off, as should all hockey fans. Hockey fans are rabid and protective of their game, so Kellerman knew he could get a rise out of them. Nobody should let him accomplish that.

Why was Kellerman's take asinine? Our friend Joe Haggerty from NBC Sports Boston outlined that right here.

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