The Flyers signed Nick Schultz to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million.
Schultz had five assists and a minus-13 rating in 69 games with the Blue Jackets and Oilers last season. Schultz will likely start the season as the Flyers seventh defenseman and carries no fantasy value.
The Blue Jackets have traded R.J Umberger and a fourth-round pick to the Flyers for Scott Hartnell.
Umberger, 32, scored 18 goals with 16 assists (32 points) in 74 games with the Blue Jackets this season. The Pennsylvania native is heading home to play for a Flyers team that he played three season with from 2005-08. Umberger's fantasy value would spike if he replaces Hartnell on the Flyers top-line with Claude Giroux.
The Flyers signed 39-year-old defenseman Kimmo Timonen to a one-year, $2 million dollar contract extension last Friday.
During his seven seasons with the Flyers, Timonen has won five Barry Ashbee trophies as the team’s best defenseman, including the last three in a row. Timonen finished the 2013-14 season with six goals and 29 assists (35 points) in 77 games. In seven years with Philly he has averaged 38.6 points per season, that is including 29 points in 45 games in the lockout shortened season. Despite getting up there in age, Timonen has only missed a total of 21 regular season games in his tenure with the Flyers. He should be a reliable blueliner yet again in 2014-15.
Mason will be back in goal for the pivotal game 7.
Mason stopped 34 of 36 shots in a 5-2 win over the Rangers in game 6 last night. The win forces a game 7 tonight back in New York, one of three game 7's Wednesday. Mason has gone 2-1 with a 1.95 GAA and .939 SV% in three starts in this series, but has never won in Madison Square Garden in his career. Could tonight be the night?
Umberger played through a broken finger, separated shoulder and herniated disc in the first round vs. the Penguins.
Umberger missed two games in the first round, including game 6 in which the Blue Jackets were eliminated. Columbus showed some promise this season and Umberger will continue to be a part of their growth as he is signed through the 2016-17 season.
Mason allowed three goals on 21 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers in Game 5. After a great outing in Game 4, Mason struggled a bit on Sunday and now they are one game away from elimination. Henrik Lundqvist has outplayed Mason and Ray Emery, but the Flyers will need to find a way to crack the 2012 Vezina Trophy winner if they are going to extend their season.
Grossmann missed game 5 this afternoon after suffering a lower-body injury in game 4. He awkwardly, feet first into the boards in game 4 and will hold him out of the lineup on Tuesday. Hal Gill played on Sunday, but had a tough afternoon, there is no word if he will play game 6.
In his first start since April 12th because of an upper-body injury, Mason stole the show in game 4. He stopped 37 of 38 shots in the 2-1 win that evened the seres at twos. Ray Emery posted a 3.49 GAA and .888 SV% in the first three games, so it is clear that this is Mason's team going forward. Mason will look for a repeat of game 4 this afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
Ray Emery has arguably been the Flyers' best player in the first two playoff games against the New York Rangers, and he will start Game 3 Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center, with Cal Heeter as his backup.
Emery played well in Game 2, earning him the start for Game 3. It appears his leash is short, however, as the Flyers may be quick to put Mason in if he's healthy for Game 4.