The Philadelphia Flyers have brought in some familiar faces during the 2012 free-agency period. Every incoming free agent has played for the Flyers before, except for former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Bruno Gervais.
Forward Ruslan Fedotenko played his first two NHL seasons with the Flyers. In 163 games, including playoffs, Fedotenko scored 34 goals and 64 points. This season, Fedotenko returns to Philadelphia at 33 years old and as a two-time Stanley Cup champion.
Defenseman Danny Syvret suited up for the Flyers occasionally for three seasons, most recently in 2010-11. This is Syvret’s third different term with the Flyers, a team with which he has played 37 games and scored four points. Most Flyers fans remember Syvret for scoring the team’s lone goal in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic against the Boston Bruins at Fenway Park.
Goaltender Michael Leighton never really left the Flyers organization, but he has not played in an NHL game since the 2011 Eastern Conference playoffs.
Leighton also played in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic with Syvret, but Flyers fans will always remember him carrying the team from the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference to Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. As long as Ilya Bryzgalov plays well and stays in the lineup, Leighton should not have to do that again this season. What Leighton will do in 2012-13, though, is back up Bryzgalov, now that Sergei Bobrovsky has moved on to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
So far in free agency, after losing Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle, Philadelphia has a net gain of one. It remains to be seen what other players general manager Paul Holmgren might bring in, but a more pressing concern today is figuring out what to do with the Flyers’ own free agents.
In this slideshow, I will discuss the Flyers’ remaining free agents, and I will try to predict their hockey futures. I will include both restricted and unrestricted free agents.
So, let's drop the puck.
*All salary information acquired from capgeek.com