It's a move everyone could see coming, even the player himself.
The NHL’s compliance buyout period opened on Wednesday and the Flyers are in the process of buying out R.J. Umberger’s contract, GM Ron Hextall announced on Thursday.
Umberger was in the midst of a five-year, $23 million contract and had three seasons remaining, when he rejoined the Flyers prior to the 2014-15 season. With a $4.6 million cap hit, the Flyers are saving $3 million in cap space by making the move. The cap hit for the buyout is $1.6 million in what is Umberger’s final season under contract.
The Flyers have drafted a defenseman in the first round of the NHL Draft in each of the last three drafts. To this point, with the Flyers looking to add size and scoring to the forward group, our prospect profile series has focused on the forwards in the draft.
But for the next couple of days, we'll take a look at two of defensemen in the draft that could peak the Flyers interest at 18th overall.
In a time when Philly sports are still stuck in a rut and the Flyers are still looking more to a bright future than a greater presence in the present, Sunday night was certainly not for the faint of heart.
The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup, their fourth in franchise history, all since 1991.
But this championship for another Philly arch rival didn't come as any surprise. The writing was on the wall as they breezed through the New York Rangers, eliminated the Presidents Trophy winners, rallied against the defending Eastern Conference champions and opened up a 3-1 series lead in the Final. All of that playoff success after a massive turnaround in midseason that sent the Penguins from being a laughable team to the beast of the East and beyond.
With the season over, this is usually as good a place as any to evaluate where the Flyers stand against the rest of the league, or more specifically, how the Flyers rank as opposed to the Stanley Cup champions.
In short, these weren't the same old Penguins the Flyers had come to know. The Flyers found that out quickly enough, in their first three meetings this season. And in the last two months, the rest of the league came to find that out too.
Here's a look at all aspects of the Penguins and what made them the unmatched team to claim this season's title.