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Flyers sign Radko Gudas to multi-year extension

Flyers sign Radko Gudas to multi-year extension

Ron Hextall said the Flyers wanted to keep defenseman Radko Gudas long term.

They got it done Thursday night.

Gudas, who was a pending restricted free agent, signed a multi-year extension with the Flyers. The deal is for four years with an average annual value of $3.35 million, team sources confirmed to CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio.

TSN's Bob McKenzie first reported the figures.

Hextall now has about $11 million in cap space, per generalfanager.com. The Flyers need to re-sign restricted free agent Brayden Schenn. Ryan White (unrestricted), Brandon Manning (restricted) and Nick Cousins (restricted) are all due for new deals and Hextall expressed interest in retaining all three.

Depending on those decisions, it appears Hextall will have little wiggle room in free-agent spending and offseason dealing.

“It’s hard to make deals nowadays," Hextall said this week. "Everybody says the same thing, it’s hard to make deals. So capped up."

Gudas, 26, had a rocky start to his first season with the Flyers. He was suspended three games for a hit on Dec. 1 and delivered other controversial and questionable blows that warranted a meeting with Hextall and head coach Dave Hakstol.

Following the talk, Gudas played a cleaner and more fundamental game, improving his play down the stretch and into the playoffs.

"I don’t want to say [the meeting was a] turning point, but it was a tough stretch at the time and I know I had to clean up some things," Gudas said at his end-of-the-season press conference in late April. "I haven't gotten anything after that so I think we did some good things."

Later in the season, Gudas was paired with Manning and the two formed a dependable duo.

“I thought we both played simple hockey,” Gudas said. “For us, we wanted to get the puck to a forward as soon as we can and we did our good defensive game straight. We tried to play as simple as we can and talk to each other so we were in better defensive position all the time. It clicked.”

Gudas finished with five goals and nine assists for 14 points in 76 games. He said he wants to improve in all areas and take on a greater role within the locker room.

"Next year is going to be my fifth year [in the NHL], so they’re going to want to see some leadership from the players, as well," Gudas said. "I have to be better and I’m trying to get better as a person to help the team."

Carter Hart hid pregame injury, played through it vs. Montreal

Carter Hart hid pregame injury, played through it vs. Montreal

The lower-body injury Carter Hart sustained which will sideline him for at least 10 days actually took place during Thursday morning’s skate in Montreal, according to Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon.

However, Hart never disclosed the injury to his coach prior to the start of the game against the Canadiens. Hart was pulled in the first period after allowing three goals on nine shots.

“Carter, to his credit, was trying to fight through it and it was a little more severe than he thought,” Gordon said. “When I look back at the game, forget about the goals — the shot before the third goal, there was a couple other plays that I thought he was a little off on and he just didn't look right to me. And now that might explain it."

Gordon said he had no idea of Hart’s injury until he spoke with general manager Chuck Fletcher after meeting with the media Friday, when he made the announcement that Brian Elliott would be the starter in net for Saturday's Stadium Series game against the Penguins.

“Needless to say, it would have been a lot easier if I had known yesterday that he wasn't going to play Saturday," Gordon said. "Then I wouldn't have had my four-minute conversation with you."

In hindsight, Gordon could sense Hart wasn’t quite right — not with the goals he allowed, but with some of the saves he made.

"I couldn't tell if he was favoring it,” Gordon said. “I don't necessarily look at just the goals if I'm going to pull the goaltender. It's more about how he's handling rebounds and I felt pucks were coming off him funny."

Hart is expected to miss at least the next ten days, or the next five games on the Flyers' schedule. He’s the fifth different Flyers goaltender to sustain an injury this season.

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Flyers vs. Penguins Stadium Series game remains on as scheduled, NHL releases weather contingency plan

Flyers vs. Penguins Stadium Series game remains on as scheduled, NHL releases weather contingency plan

Let the outdoor fun begin.

The Flyers-Penguins 2019 Stadium Series game Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field remains scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.

The NHL released the following statement at noon:

While we are expecting a chance of a relatively light amount of precipitation in and around the game window, current forecasts are indicating that we will have playable conditions. We will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the day and if a different determination becomes necessary due to the weather conditions being worse than anticipated, we will adjust accordingly.

According to weather reports, the chance of rainfall is around 50 percent at puck drop and starts to increase closer to midnight. Obviously, rain can be one of the most problematic types of Mother Nature with outdoor hockey.

"If it starts to rain pretty hard, as far as wearing a visor, your vision, ice conditions, all that kind of stuff — that can come into play," Sidney Crosby said Friday. "To what extent it's going to rain, if it's light, it's not too bad, but if it starts to pour pretty good, that could be a different story."

Two of the biggest notables from the NHL's contigency plan:

If the game is started, then stopped permanently due to unplayable weather conditions, it will be deemed "official" once two periods have been played. The team leading at the time play is stopped will be declared the winner and will be awarded two points in the standings.

If the game is started, and stopped permanently due to unplayable weather conditions, and fewer than two periods of regular time has been played, the game will be officially "postponed" and, if possible, will be played in its entirety at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, Feb. 24. If the game cannot be replayed at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, Feb. 24, it will be rescheduled at Wells Fargo Center on a date to be determined later in the season.

Here's what Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon had to say about it pregame:

To find out that after the second period is over, that you lost the game or you won the game, is kind of a weird way to end. You're not really given the opportunity to — and this is for either team — if it's a close game, pull your goalie to tie it up. That's kind of a unique situation. But that's the cards we're dealt with.

The rest of the weather-related game procedure contingencies are below:

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