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Flyers call up Philippe Myers after trading Dale Weise, Christian Folin to Canadiens for David Schlemko, Byron Froese

Flyers call up Philippe Myers after trading Dale Weise, Christian Folin to Canadiens for David Schlemko, Byron Froese

Updated: 1:45 p.m.

General manager Chuck Fletcher pulled off another trade Saturday.

The Flyers dealt Dale Weise and Christian Folin to the Canadiens in exchange for David Schlemko and Byron Froese.

Weise and Folin were likely trade candidates for Fletcher, who continues to retool the Flyers. Weise, a 30-year-old role forward, went unclaimed on waivers last month and had been demoted to the AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, while Folin, 28, had been the Flyers' seventh defenseman and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

"This is an opportunity to make sure we have enough depth and try to help both players find a better spot for their career and just try to keep this going," Fletcher said before Saturday's game.

Weise was in the third year of a four-year, $9.4 million contract and had a cap hit of $2,350,000. Next season, he's slated to make a base salary of $1,750,000.

The move of Folin, who was on a one-year deal, also opens up a spot for touted prospect Philippe Myers, who has been called up from the Phantoms, while the team has placed Corban Knight on waivers.

Myers, 22, is skilled and a strong skater for his 6-foot-5, 209-pound frame. The defenseman went from being undrafted to turning himself into a top-50 prospect by the NHL Network. In 48 games with Lehigh Valley this season, Myers had 29 points (nine goals, 20 assists) and a plus-5 rating. Now, his NHL debut will be coming soon.

"He's been our best defenseman all year and one of the better defensemen in the American Hockey League," Fletcher said. "He's earned this opportunity. He's still a young man and really, his key time will be next year at training camp and earning a full-time spot for a full season. But right now, if we can get him some experience, practice seems great, being around the team is great, if he can get some games, that'll only help him as he prepares for next year."

Fletcher had no problem calling up Myers with the team playing its best hockey and back in the playoff race. The GM believes in on-the-job training and you can bet Myers is here to play, not sit.

"That's how you have to learn. He's earned the right, he's better than anybody we have down there," Fletcher said. "He's a good hockey player. I believe he can help us up here, but we have six guys playing right now that have helped us a lot, too. I think our defense has played very well for a while now."

Schlemko is a 31-year-old defenseman who has played for seven teams over 11 years of NHL experience. He had played 18 games this year for the Canadiens, posting two points. Schlemko is under contract through 2019-20 on a minor-league deal.

"Adding David Schlemko, a player with a lot of experience in the league, a defenseman who can play left side, can play right side," Fletcher said. "Along with Phil Myers, we think Schlemko and Myers will give us pretty good depth up here in the NHL." 

Froese, a 27-year-old forward, was having a nice season as the captain of the AHL's Laval Rocket, putting up 14 goals and 16 assists in 46 games. He played 48 games last season for Montreal, scoring 11 points (three goals, eight assists). Froese is also on a minor-league deal and can become a UFA in the offseason.

"Byron Froese is a young man who has played over 100 games in the NHL, he's a captain of his team in Laval, he's a real top two-way player at that level," Fletcher said. "A guy that is showing he can provide depth."

Both Schlemko and Froese will report to the Phantoms for now.

This marks the third trade by Fletcher, who moved forwards Taylor Leier and Jordan Weal in January. The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 25.

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Which of these 5 Flyers could be dealt before the NHL trade deadline?

Which of these 5 Flyers could be dealt before the NHL trade deadline?

The trade dominoes are starting to topple around the NHL and the Flyers are expected to be in on the action as well.

"I could see us buying and selling, I guess to use those terms," Chuck Fletcher said. "But the bigger focus is, we'd like to get some pieces in here that will be a part of this for a few years." 

Here are the five likely candidates Fletcher could move in order to get that accomplished.

Wayne Simmonds

Simmonds is arguably one of the most highly-coveted players on the trade market. Cup contending teams would love to add a 25-goal scorer who works the trenches while providing a net-front presence on the power play. Fletcher mentioned that Simmonds isn't the only priority moving forward with several key RFAs that all need new contracts.

"We have lots of holes and a certain amount of money in which to do it with the salary cap," Fletcher said Monday. "We're just trying to balance everything and make the right decision, but certainly in a few weeks I think it will be resolved one way or the other."

Possible Teams: Nashville, Winnipeg, Calgary, Toronto 

(The above-mentioned teams are in win-now mode and have all been linked to Simmonds)

What happens if Simmonds isn't traded?

He'll be signed to an extension. However, I just don't see a scenario where Simmonds is unsigned or not dealt prior to the deadline, and I fully expect the latter to happen. His value will never be higher than what it is between now and Feb. 25.

Dale Weise

Weise reported to the Phantoms this week, where he will be buried until further notice. It's an unfortunate situation for both sides, but a mistake that was made the moment the ink was dried on a four-year contract. Weise never brought that energy and physicality the Flyers were hoping for.

"Dale's not going to be a part of this going forward, so we'll try to find him another team to go to," Fletcher said. "He's obviously hungry to get playing, and to find a situation that's better for himself."

Possible Teams: Any willing trade partner

What happens if Weise isn't traded?

He'll be leveraged as part of an offseason trade. If that doesn't pan out, then Fletcher will buy out the remaining year on his contract with a reasonable cap hit spread out over two years ($1.18 million in 2019-2020 and just $583,000 in 2020-21).

Michael Raffl

Raffl's in the final year of his contract that pays him $2.35 million. Now relegated to the fourth line, he has become expendable. Trading Raffl would also open up a roster spot for someone like Nicolas Aube-Kubel, who was called up in November. If Fletcher was able to squeeze a sixth-round pick from Arizona for Jordan Weal, then certainly Raffl can command a mid-round pick.

Possible Teams: San Jose, Vegas, Colorado

The Sharks have an extra fifth-rounder in 2020 and Vegas has three fifth-round picks in 2019 at its disposal. To get out of the Western Conference can be punishing and Raffl's size and strength may be an asset worth taking a chance on. 

What happens if Raffl isn't traded?

He'll simply become a free agent on July 1.

Radko Gudas

The Flyers are staring at a logjam on the blue line next season with Sam Morin and Phil Myers also NHL ready. I believe the organization values Gudas and the toughness he brings having tailored his game to the style of play we see now in the league. His contract is manageable at $3.35 million through next season. I expect Fletcher to hold onto Gudas as the Flyers make a push into February. If they can't close the gap, then Gudas could be on the move.

"We'll have to see what our health is," Fletcher said. "I don't anticipate moving players out just to play young players."

Possible Teams:  Montreal, Minnesota

The Canadiens and Wild are two teams that could benefit from Gudas' rugged style of play and could use one more right-handed shot on their respective blue lines.

What happens if Gudas isn't traded?

Could still be packaged in a deal over the summer or sticks around for one more season. However, Fletcher is also looking to add a top-four defenseman over the summer and Gudas doesn't seem to fit that mold.

Shayne Gostisbehere

Personally, I don't see Ghost going anywhere before Feb. 25, but there have been quite a few rumblings in regards to the Flyers' 25-year-old defenseman. Hockey analyst Bob McKenzie mentioned Gostisbehere on TSN radio in Montreal:

"Gostisbehere is a name that's been out there, but I don't know that it's at the top of the list of things that Chuck Fletcher wants to move out of town. That's not to say that he wouldn't for the right price."

Possible Teams: Anaheim, Vancouver

The Ducks and Canucks are two teams that could use Ghost's big shot on a sluggish power play. Anaheim would love to add a veteran defenseman as they recently acquired Michael Del Zotto through a trade with the Canucks for Luke Schenn.

What happens if Gostisbehere isn't traded?

If he's not a part of the Flyers' top power-play unit moving forward, it will be interesting to see how and where Gostisbehere fits into Fletcher's plans after this season.

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Flyers recall Mikhail Vorobyev, send Dale Weise to Phantoms

Flyers recall Mikhail Vorobyev, send Dale Weise to Phantoms

Updated: 2:02 p.m.

Mikhail Vorobyev's second chance is here.

This time, with a new general manager and head coach.

Along with Carter Hart, Vorobyev was recalled Sunday afternoon from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. To make room on the roster, the Flyers sent Dale Weise to the Phantoms.

The Flyers, fresh off the bye week and All-Star break, practiced Sunday at 2 p.m.

The 22-year-old Vorobyev came on strong with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, scoring eight points (two goals, six assists) over his last six games. Overall, he put up 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 32 contests for the Phantoms since being sent down Oct. 28.

After standing out in the preseason and winning the Flyers' third-line center job, Vorobyev slipped into the doghouse of former head coach Dave Hakstol.

The Flyers wanted to see more effort from Vorobyev without the puck through all three zones. A skilled and adept passer, Vorobyev played in the Flyers' first six games of the season before becoming a healthy scratch for the next four. He then returned to the lineup Oct. 27 but did not impress, playing just 8:01.

The next day, former GM Ron Hextall sent Vorobyev to the Phantoms.

"It can be hard to come in and be really sharp and make some of the plays that we need to have made," Hakstol said of Vorobyev following the 6-1 loss to the Islanders Oct. 27. "Yet, you can always bring energy, you can always bring intensity and you can always bring effort, and that's what's expected."

Vorobyev is now back with Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon, whom he played for last season in Lehigh Valley.

The Flyers have not been able to trade Weise, who they placed on waivers Jan. 15. The 30-year-old forward had not been with the team since clearing waivers the next day, as Weise was asked to stay home and wait for a trade to materialize, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Boruk (see story).

Weise, signed by Hextall in July 2016, is in the third year of a four-year, $9.4 million contract.

Slowly but surely, general manager Chuck Fletcher is starting to put his imprint on the roster. Jordan Weal, who was also a Hextall guy, became Fletcher's first trade, followed by Taylor Leier.

Vorobyev has a chance to impress a new regime as he'll likely play on the third or fourth line, replacing Jori Lehtera in the lineup.

The Flyers have won four of their last five games and are back in action Monday when they host the Jets (7 p.m./NBCSP).

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