Flyers

Flyers sign prospect Wade Allison to entry-level contract

Flyers sign prospect Wade Allison to entry-level contract

There are no more worries about the Flyers' college prospects.

Four days after Tanner Laczynski inked a deal with the organization, the Flyers signed Wade Allison to his two-year entry-level contract Friday.

Both college seniors had rights to the Flyers that were set to expire Aug. 15. Now the 2016 draft picks are officially in the fold for the future.

Allison, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound winger out of Western Michigan, will bring a craftiness around the net and powerful shot to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.

“We are very happy to have Wade under contract,” Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said in a statement released by the team. “He possesses a great package of size, speed and skill, and we strongly believe he’ll be an NHL power forward moving forward.”

The second-round selection has battled injuries during his time with the Broncos, including a torn ACL his sophomore year. That season, Allison was on a torrid pace with 15 goals and 15 assists in 22 games before suffering the injury. As a senior in 2019-20, Allison put up 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) and a plus-11 mark in 26 games.

Allison will turn 23 years old in October and his experience could help him climb quickly. Health will be vital, as well. There's a lot to like, though, with Allison's overall ability.

In the last 18 days, the Flyers have signed prospects Allison, Laczynski and Wyatte Wylie to entry-level deals.

Another college player to keep an eye on is Wyatt Kalynuk, who is coming off his junior season at Wisconsin. The defenseman can return to Madison for his senior year or turn pro in 2020-21 as his rights don't expire until the summer of 2021.

Meanwhile, the rights to prospects Linus Hogberg and David Bernhardt, two Swedish blueliners in the Flyers' system, expire June 1.



Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Flyers

Stanley Cup odds 2020: Updated look as NHL releases plan to resume play

Stanley Cup odds 2020: Updated look as NHL releases plan to resume play

It looks like hockey is on its way back, and before the players resume formal practices the sportsbooks wasted no time releasing odds on which team will take home Lord Stanley’s Cup In 2020. 

For bettors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, FOX Bet and FanDuel lists the orange and black at 11-1 ($100 bet pays $1,100). These numbers are right around what the Flyers were listed at right before the coronavirus pandemic caused the sports world to come to a screeching halt. The Flyers have the seventh-best odds to win the Cup behind Boston, St. Louis, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Vegas and Washington. 

According to the Superbook in Las Vegas, the Flyers are listed at 12-1 ($100 bet will win $1,200) to be crowned champions. The Flyers opened up at odds of 25-1 last May. 

Back on Halloween, the Flyers’ odds reached as high as 50-1 to win the title. Over the course of the year, the odds have gone up and down like the Sea Serpent roller coaster on Wildwood’s boardwalk. In early February, their odds rose again to around 40-1 before a winter hot streak.

In case you were wondering, the "Play Gloria" St. Louis Blues opened at 40-1 to win the Cup a season ago. That season ended with a mini Mummers celebration down in South Philadelphia. Let’s hope we have something to celebrate come this fall, even if it means we still have to social distance and not celebrate in grand fashion down Broad Street. 

Subscribe and rate Flyers Talk: Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | Stitcher | Art19 | YouTube

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Flyers

NHL, Flyers fans going crazy after latest news on return-to-play format

NHL, Flyers fans going crazy after latest news on return-to-play format

It’s a wonderful day in the world of hockey. 

Tuesday afternoon, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman elaborated on some of the best news fans have heard in a long time … hockey is most likely returning. While a detailed layout of the league’s Phase 2 had already been released earlier in the week, this is the first time Bettman, himself, spoke about the subject

There is a tentative timeline in place for such things to begin — but everything seems more tangible now than ever. 

If there had never been a stoppage in play during March and the season progressed normally, only two teams would have been left in the race for the Stanley Cup. Now, with a promising future and the approved 24-team playoff format, we’re looking ahead to summer hockey. 

Which honestly doesn’t seem too bad, right? 

We know there are many more steps that need to be put in place before the playoffs do take off, but that doesn’t mean the excitement is going to dwindle. In fact, this has been one of the most optimistic days on social media since the league was put on hold 76 days ago — especially with Flyers fans. 

Here are some of the best instant reactions to Bettman’s press conference — feelings you are probably all experiencing now, as well.

Hang on Flyers fans, I have a feeling we're about to have one crazy summer! 

Subscribe and rate Flyers Talk: Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | Stitcher | Art19 | YouTube

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Flyers