Raffl will replace Brayden Schenn on the flyers top line Saturday.
The Flyers are off to a slow start at 0-2 so they have shaken up all three of their top lines in search of more offense. Whoever is playing with Giroux and Voracek is bound to produce at a higher level but Raffl is not a great fantasy option because his job on the top line may be short lived.
The Flyers inked the Michael Raffl to a two-year extension after Saturday's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. His cap hit will be $1.1 million.
Raffl played more than he usually does after Steve Downie got hurt in the first period this afternoon. He has nine goals and 12 assists (21 points) in 56 games this season. Raffl has good speed and can also play a strong defensive-minded game. He's played on all four of the Flyers' lines this season and has excelled on the penalty kill. The $1.1 million AAV is a very friendly cap hit for the Flyers, but the contract has firmly cemented Raffl in the club's plans at the NHL level next season.
Raffl was concussed with about three minutes left in the first period after what appeared to be a legal check from Colorado winger Gabriel Landeskog. “He won’t play next game,” said coach Craig Berube, referring to Saturday’s game against the Coyotes. Berube rotated wingers on the top line using Steve Downie, Brayden Schenn and Zac Rinaldo to work with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, so we won't know who moves to that line until practice or tomorrow's morning skate.
Raffl will play tonight, game-time decision on who comes out for Flyers.
Raffl has been a healthy scratch for the last seven games, but will play tonight. My guess would be Jay Rosehill comes out and Raffl slots in on the fourth line. He has one assist and a minus-2 rating in 11 games.
The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled Michael Raffl from Adirondack (AHL).
With Vincent Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell both out, the Flyers had to make two callups. Raffl who spent last season with Leksands in the Swedish league almost made the team out of training camp. He already has one goal and two assists with Adirondack.