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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.

Why Flyers fans should be concerned about post-NHL All-Star break playoff chances

Why Flyers fans should be concerned about post-NHL All-Star break playoff chances

On Saturday, we broke down why Flyers fans should be hopeful for the post-All-Star break stretch. Today, we look at the reasons for concern.

Alain Vigneault has 11 playoff berths on his résumé. He knows the requisites for a postseason club and the Flyers have failed to look like one in a key aspect.

"As a team that considers themselves a playoff team, you need to have a good road record," Vigneault said last month.

The Flyers do not through 25 road games. As stingy as they have been at home, they've been the polar opposite away from home. On the road, the Flyers are 10-13-2, have a minus-30 goal differential and are allowing the NHL's second-most goals per game at 3.80.

The figures above are a major concern and the Flyers must stem the tide over their final 16 road games. Vigneault's team still has two trips to Washington, D.C., two to Tampa Bay, Florida, two to Madison Square Garden and one more to Pittsburgh. Those matchups with the Capitals, Lightning, Rangers and Penguins will be stiff tests.

Speaking of the schedule, the Flyers are battling in the NHL's deepest division and have 14 games remaining against Metro teams. The Flyers are in sixth place of the Metropolitan Division (three points out of third place) but would be in first place of the Pacific Division.

The Flyers will be challenged the rest of the way and so, too, will their depth at forward. The Flyers are a middle-of-the-pack scoring club (15th in the NHL with 3.06 goals per game) and without Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma) and Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder).

Is the team's youth in the bottom six enough for the playoffs and a competitive shot? Or will (and can) general manager Chuck Fletcher add at the Feb. 24 trade deadline?

Big questions and we'll have answers soon.

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2020 NHL All-Star Game: Flyers' Travis Konecny shows off his career-high stuff for Metropolitan Division

2020 NHL All-Star Game: Flyers' Travis Konecny shows off his career-high stuff for Metropolitan Division

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Travis Konecny stormed into the NHL All-Star break already with a new career high in assists. The Flyers' winger has 26 helpers and is projected to finish with 44, a sign of significant growth in a breakout 2019-20 season for the 22-year-old.

On Saturday night in the 2020 All-Star Game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Konecny put his facilitating on display during the 3-on-3 action featuring the world's best players. He finished with three assists in the Metropolitan Division's 9-5 semifinal loss to the Atlantic Division.

"I had a lot of fun," Konecny said Saturday, via Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "It was pretty funny, I was watching my parents in the stands and my mom didn't understand why we weren't playing like a real game.

"It's my first game and it's her first time seeing it. I don't know if she was expecting me to be blocking shots and forechecking, stuff like that. I had a lot of fun with it.

"It was a really cool experience, getting to play with some players, too, that I usually won't get the chance to play with was fun."

Konecny playing in his first All-Star Game at 22 years old should be exciting for the Flyers. Claude Giroux was 23 years old for his first All-Star Game back in 2011. The future looks bright for Konecny, who signed a new six-year, $33 million contract back in mid-September.

With 17 goals and 43 points through 47 games, Konecny is eight goals and seven points away from setting career highs across the board.

A breakout, indeed.

Here are more sights and scenes from Konecny's first All-Star Game:

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