It’s been a successful offseason for Ron Hextall and the Philadelphia Flyers up to this point. They haven’t overspent on free agents, they’ve drafted Nolan Patrick after jumping from 13 to 2, and they were able to cut some dead weight on the bottom-six to get young. The summer of Ron continued a day after the Trial on the Isle.
According to Renaud Lavoie of the Montreal Journal, the Flyers have reportedly re-signed forward Taylor Leier to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday evening. Cap Friendly has the contract at $806,558 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level, which is 105% of his previous base salary. Leier agreed to the Flyers’ qualifying offer.
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 14, 2017
Leier has recorded two points in 16 career games with the Flyers, both of which came this season after being recalled from the AHL. He’s a solid AHL player and has shown some glimpses of compete level for the Flyers in his brief time in the lineup. Leier was named MVP of the AHL Classic after a strong performance heading into the break and during the All-Star Game. He even earned time on the top line after his efforts on the fourth line this season, which made many think he could be a bonafide bottom-six winger.
All-in-all, it’s another solid move for Hextall to deepen his depth throughout the organization. Leier will likely start the year in the AHL and has a shot to be recalled by the Flyers if there were to be an injury.