Flyers sign Michael Raffl to 2-year extension

Flyers sign Michael Raffl to 2-year extension
March 22, 2014, 5:15 pm
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Michael Raffl has nine goals and 12 assists this season. (AP)

The kid from Austria is going to be around a few more years after all.

Michael Raffl agreed to a two-year, $2.2 million contract with the club Saturday after the Flyers' 4-1 win over the Blues (see story). His cap hit is $1.1 million.

The 25-year-old Raffl has been a very effective and very cheap acquisition for the Flyers. He signed a one-year contract worth $792,500 last May with the Flyers out of Europe.

He’s shown versatility by moving up and down the Flyers lineup and gives them needed speed on the wing and is responsible defensively.

Offensively, Raffl has potted nine goals and 12 assists in 58 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.

Raffl, who represented Austria at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, didn't make the Flyers' final roster out of training camp. He played two games in the AHL with the Adirondack Phantoms before he was called up and never sent back.