Monday, July 22, 2013
Philadelphia's next priority
By Luke Lapinski
The Philadelphia Flyers have had a busy offseason already. Following a disappointing 2012-13 campaign, they cut ties with Ilya Bryzgalov and Danny Briere, brought in Ray Emery at a decent price, bulked up the blue line by adding Mark Streit and re-upped with franchise cornerstone Claude Giroux.
Now they're turning their focus to some of their rising young forwards. Sean Couturier inked a two-year extension over the weekend that will keep him in Philly through the 2015-16 season. The former first-rounder (No. 8 overall in 2011) has shown promise in his first two NHL seasons, providing solid two-way play up front. It makes sense that the Flyers would want to keep him around, and it's certainly possible they'll want to do the same with Brayden Schenn and Matt Read. Schenn was once one of the top prospects in the sport, and is set to become a restricted free agent a year from now. Meanwhile, Read -- who has been a pleasant surprise while amassing 25 goals and 71 points thus far in his young career after going undrafted -- can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.