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Report: Flyers sign RFA Danick Martel to 1-year contract

Report: Flyers sign RFA Danick Martel to 1-year contract

General manager Ron Hextall is starting to take care of his restricted free agents.

The Flyers re-signed forward Danick Martel to a one-year, two-way contract worth $715,000, according to a report Thursday night by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.

Earlier in the day, the Flyers re-signed RFA defenseman Reece Willcox (see story). Last Saturday, the Flyers avoided arbitration with goalie Alex Lyon, who inked a two-year deal (see story)

The Flyers now have four restricted free agents left unsigned: Taylor Leier, Robert Hagg, Anthony Stolarz and Tyrell Goulbourne. Leier filed for arbitration last Thursday (see story).

Martel, who earned $800,000 last season, made his NHL debut in 2017-18 and finished with no points over four games. The Flyers called up the 5-foot-8, 162-pounder in late November looking for a spark during their 10-game losing streak.

He showed some flashes of his dynamic ability and registered six shots in limited ice time.

"He's been a good player the last couple of years, but this year, he's clearly taken a step," Hextall said when the Flyers brought up Martel from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. "He's a dangerous player when he's on the ice. That's a good thing."

The 23-year-old scored a career-high 25 goals last year in 59 regular-season games with the Phantoms, his third full AHL campaign. He also matched his personal best in points with 40 and was a plus-16 for the season.

Martel, an undrafted product, will more than likely open the 2018-19 season with the Phantoms but is a sleeper given his versatility to play either the wing or center. He has a scoring pedigree, having put up 20 or more goals three times in the AHL while amassing 102 points (48 goals, 54 assists) his final junior season in 2014-15.

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The best of Jakub Voracek on his 29th birthday

The best of Jakub Voracek on his 29th birthday

It's Aug. 15, the dog days of summer and hockey is still a few weeks away.

But Jakub Voracek turns 29 years old today and this summer, the winger has already played a big part in helping push the Flyers' process into its next stage by helping recruit James van Riemsdyk back to town (see story).

Voracek is coming off a career-best season at 28 years old, posting 85 points in 82 games in 2017-18. He finished fourth in the NHL with 65 assists and ninth with 35 power-play points.

All of this came after a somewhat disappointing 2016-17 season — 61 points in 82 games, not particularly bad numbers but also not the production you'd like from a player with an $8.25 million cap hit and in Year 1 of an eight-year, $66 million extension.

Last season, though, Voracek proved that he can still very much produce at a top level. Since joining the Flyers in 2011-12, Voracek is third among all wingers with 303 assists and fifth in points with 439. Since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, he's eighth among all skaters with 272 assists and 15th in points with 390.

With today being Voracek's birthday, let's take a look back at some of the best from his time as a Flyer because Voracek is one of the most personable players around.

Some plays

Jan. 27, 2016: Voracek scored the game-winner 38 seconds into overtime. It was an important goal in a big game as the Flyers were in the middle of a wild-card chase (see story).

Oct. 14, 2017: The Flyers put a pounding on the Capitals in an 8-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center. Voracek had three assists. This one was one of them. Poor Madison Bowey.

Jan. 13, 2018: Voracek has also torched other teams than the Capitals. Here is a kick pass to Giroux against the Devils in North Jersey.


Some fights

Voracek is not exactly a fighter. According to hockeyfights.com, he has four official fights during the regular season and all have come with the Flyers.

There was the time he dropped the gloves with Gabriel Landeskog for about 30 seconds in Colorado and then said, "I don't think I picked the right city to fight in."

Then there was the time when he roughed up Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi.


Some singing

Sportswriters aren't the only ones who like Bruce Springsteen. Yes, Voracek is also a fan.


A little charity

On Feb. 28, 2017, against the Avalanche, Voracek was eventually credited with a goal many Flyers fans believed was Wayne Simmonds' hat trick. In fact, 396 hats came pouring down to the ice.

As a gesture for taking a hat trick away from Simmonds, Voracek purchased 396 new Flyers hats and donated them to local hospitals for children battling cancer (see story).

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Flyers will face New York Islanders again in annual rookie game

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Flyers will face New York Islanders again in annual rookie game

While the Flyers have not announced the start of their rookie and training camp, they did provide an indication Tuesday of when the camps will be.

For the third straight season, the Flyers and New York Islanders will square off Sept. 12 in their annual rookie game. This time, it returns to New York.

The game will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Northwell Health Ice Center, the Islanders' practice facility in East Meadow, New York. According to Newsday's Andrew Gross, ticket proceeds will benefit the Islanders' Children's Foundation.

In years past, the Flyers have streamed the games on their official website.

Last year, the Flyers-Islanders rookie game was on Sept. 13, 2017, two days after rookie camp began and two days before the main camp opened.

The rookie game marks the official end of rookie camp, so by the process of elimination, a safe guess would be the Flyers' rookie camp will be Sept. 10 and training camp likely opening a day or two after the game.

The Islanders beat the Flyers, 4-3, in overtime last September. The Flyers won the first game two years ago. From 2007 to 2014, the Flyers and Capitals faced each other in their annual rookie games.

Rookie games are fun because they're the first glimpse of prospects and with the Flyers, there's a ton to be excited about — even if signing James van Riemsdyk accelerates their process (see story).

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