Michael Raffl avoids free agency, signs two-year contract extension with Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed left wing Michael Raffl to a two-year contract extension, the team announced on Tuesday.  The contract extends Raffl through the 2020-21 season and it holds an average annual value (AAV) of $1.6 million, according to Executive Vice President & General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

Raffl has made quite the career for himself in Philadelphia since the Flyers signed hi in May of 2013. He’s never been a star, but he is a hard-working winger that can be moved up and down the lineup.

“We’re happy to have Michael for the next two years,” Fletcher said. “Throughout his six seasons with the Flyers he has played a pivotal role in a variety of positions and situations. His versatility, experience and work ethic will be valuable assets to our team going forward.”

He has played in 406 games with the Flyers over his six-year career. He has 70 goals and 62 assists for 132 points in his career.

This season, Raffl has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 61 games. He has seen a reduced role with an average time on ice of 11:38, down about a minute and a half from the 13:16 and 13:15 he averaged in the previous two seasons.

Raffl was set to become a free agent after this season, but he expressed his desire to stay in Philadelphia.

“I’m very happy,” Raffl said. “We’ve been working on this for a little bit now. I really like it here. This is the place I want to be and this has been my home, so I’m excited about the next two years. We have a young, exciting team and I’m happy to continue to be a part of it going forward.”

While it’s not a big-time move from Fletcher that we expect to see this offseason, it’s a move that shows the new boss is paying attention. Raffl has carved out a role for himself on this team and is a great bottom-six winger.

Ideally, Raffl will play on the fourth line next season, but he can hold his own on the third line. The $1.6 million cap hit is $750,000 less than the worth of his current contract. It is decent value for a team that knows what they’re getting in a player.

The Flyers now have $48 million committed to 14 players next season, as well as several restricted free agents. These restricted free agents include Scott Laughton, Travis Konecny, Ryan Hartman, Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim.

Fletcher will have plenty of cap space to work with in what should be a big offseason for the Flyers.

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