The Flyers need to add players at a few positions including on the wing and a backup goaltender. The Toronto Star's Kevin McGrann reports the Flyers are already interested in a few players. McGrann reports the Flyers are interested in center Derek Roy, who has played the wing in the past, and goaltender Jonas Hiller.
Roy, 31, scored nine goals and added 28 assists for 37 points in 75 games last season for the St. Louis Blues. Roy burst onto the scene in 2005-06 as a member of the Buffalo Sabres and put up 21+ goal seasons in four straight years between 2006-2010. Roy's best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 32 goals and added 49 assists for 81 points in 78 games for the Sabres. Roy made $4 million last year and is likely going to see a pay-cut this season.
Hiller, 32, is an interesting name on the list. He spent much of the last few seasons as the starter for the Anaheim Ducks and is likely looking for the opportunity to start elsewhere. Hiller went 29-13-7 in 50 games for the Ducks last season posting a 2.48 GAA and a .911 SV%. Hiller just completed a four-year deal that paid him $4.5 million annually.
For the first time in over a decade, the Flyers are not looking for a starting goaltender. The emergence of Steve Mason and the subsequent signing of him to a three-year extension averaging $4.1 million over the next three seasons makes him, for all intents and purposes, the starter.
As for Roy, the Flyers could get themselves a deal here. If Roy is willing to take a major pay-cut, which is likely after the poor season he had in St. Louis, then the Flyers could get themselves a solid two-way player at a low cost. Roy has shown the ability to score in the past so maybe a pairing with Jake Voracek and Claude Giroux might be all he needs? Who knows but what we do know is the Flyers need to find a cheap option as they currently sit $236,429 over the $69 million salary cap.
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