Would a nice little 1 or 2 year deal look better here for Michael Raffl? Yeah, maybe. But Raffl has managed to make himself a key part of this lineup as a jack of all trades. He can player anywhere on the ice. He has gotten 1st line minutes before, he’s a great glue piece to a 2nd line and can take control of a 3rd line. He’s a versatile player and obviously Hextall and the Flyers value him enough to lock him up for 3 more years. Hextall values Raffl so much that he set the price at two 2nd round picks when Florida asked about a trade. And best case scenario here is that Raffl continues to grow as a player and then Hexy can clean the fuck up and flip him for gold at the 2019 deadline. But 3 years at $2.35 million isn’t a terrible price to pay for a glue guy like Michael Raffl. Like I said, there are plenty of different ways that the Flyers can use him and versatile guys like that are great to have in the lineup. Good for Austrian Reek.
Just a little more than 24 hours left until the deadline. It’s already been a wild weekend of trades so you’d have to imagine that there’s not of action left for tomorrow. But Drouin is still out there, a possible Loui Eriksson trade is still out there, a possible Eric Staal trade is still out there. Oh, and Ron Hextall hasn’t even begun to work any of his last minute magic yet. It’ll be chaos at it’s finest, live blog with be activiated in the morning.