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Flyers vs. Rangers: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers vs. Rangers: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Four games remain with no hope for the playoffs.

That string starts Sunday when the Flyers (37-33-8) host the Rangers (30-34-13).

While the games don't have meaning for postseason purposes, there are still reasons to watch.

Let's get into that and more with the essentials:

When: 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers experienced a lot of turmoil in 2018-19, but at least Carter Hart came up and proved he is the team's future in net.

In 28 starts, Hart has gone 16-11-1 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. He has wins over the Bruins (twice), Maple Leafs, Jets, Penguins and Predators — all top-10 teams this season.

That is exciting and seeing the 20-year-old continue his development is worth watching, starting with Sunday's game.

• The young defense is taking shape.

Samuel Morin won't play Sunday, but he'll see more audition time over the final three games.

Look at the ages of the key pieces to the Flyers' future on the blue line:

Shayne Gostisbehere: 25
Robert Hagg: 24
Samuel Morin: 23
Philippe Myers: 22
Ivan Provorov: 22
Travis Sanheim: 22

Myers has been fun to watch. Gostisbehere's elusiveness is a treat for fans that like offense. Provorov eats minutes. Sanheim has been a major positive in his first full season.

All good stuff and we'll see more of it coming up.

• Sean Couturier is always worth watching because he does so much. He'll probably be pretty fired up Sunday after receiving a confounding game misconduct Saturday.

Given the fact that he's in the midst of another career year and could reach 35 goals, he's a big reason to watch.

And a reminder: he's only 26, which is hard to believe.

Projected lineup

Forwards
James van Riemsdyk-Nolan Patrick-Claude Giroux
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Ryan Hartman-Scott Laughton-Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl-Corban Knight-Justin Bailey

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere-Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas

Goalies
Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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Flyers trade Ryan Hartman to Stars in exchange for Tyler Pitlick

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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.

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.

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.

Pitlick is on the final year of a three-year contract with a cap hit of $1 million.

(More coming …)

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Flyers sign Travis Sanheim to 2-year, $6.5 million extension

Flyers sign Travis Sanheim to 2-year, $6.5 million extension

One restricted free agent down, five more to go.

The Flyers on Monday signed RFA defenseman Travis Sanheim to a two-year, $6.5 million contract, with an average annual value of $3.25 million.

"We are very pleased with the progress Travis has made in his young career," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a release by the team. "He is a skilled, two-way defenseman with excellent size and mobility. He is a big part of our present and our future." 

With a two-year deal at 23 years old, Sanheim can prove himself and then receive a long-term contract with a bigger raise.

"I'm obviously really excited," Sanheim said in a release by the team. "It's a big step in my career. I'm looking forward to another two years with the Flyers. I'm really excited with the way the team's moving forward and the moves we've made this offseason."

The 2018-19 campaign marked Sanheim's first full NHL season and it was a promising one. The 2014 first-round pick played all 82 games and was second among all Flyers defensemen in points with 35. He scored nine goals and put up 26 assists in 19:34 ice time per game. His two-play grew exponentially and he started earning power-play time, as well.

In 2019-20, Sanheim will be one of the key pieces to a new-look defense featuring youth and now much more experience with the additions of Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun (see story).

"Our goal is the playoffs," Sanheim said, via Flyers public relations. "Moving forward, we're a playoff team."

According to CapFriendly.com, the Flyers have a little over $18 million in cap space. Here are the Flyers' remaining restricted free agents:

Scott Laughton, F
Travis Konecny, F
Ryan Hartman, F
Justin Bailey, F
Ivan Provorov, D.

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