Ron Hextall tied up a few loose ends this evening by signing three more restricted free agents.
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All three players will likely start with the Phantoms, as Stolarz and Lyon will split time in the crease with a slight chance of being called up to the NHL if there is an injury.
Stolarz had some time in the NHL last season but spent the majority of his season with the Phantoms. He recorded a 18-9-0 record with a 2.92 GAA and .911 save percentage in the AHL.
Lyon spent his whole season with the Phantoms. He finished the season with a 27-14-5 record with a 2.74 GAA and .912 save percentage to go along with four shutouts.
Either of these goalies could breakout this season and potentially earn a spot on the NHL roster if Brian Elliott or Michal Neuvirth suffer an injury. But the one-year deals make sense as Carter Hart and Felix Sandstrom will be in their first professional seasons in 2018-19.
Bardreau recorded 24 points in 72 games for the Phantoms in his second full season. He’ll be hard pressed to crack the NHL lineup anytime soon.
Hextall has now signed all of the RFAs that he plans on signing, and only a few entry-level contracts (most notably Nolan Patrick) remain on the to-do list for this summer.
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