Flyers re-sign RFAs Alex Lyon, Anthony Stolarz and Cole Bardreau

Flyers re-sign RFAs Alex Lyon, Anthony Stolarz and Cole Bardreau

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's summer shopping may finally be over.

The Flyers on Saturday night re-signed goalies Alex Lyon and Anthony Stolarz to one-year contracts and forward Cole Bardreau to a two-year contract. All three are two-way deals.

Lyon and Stolarz will return to Lehigh Valley, where the two will again partner up in net for the Phantoms. The duo helped the Phantoms finish 2016-17 with 101 points.

In his first professional season, Lyon, 24, posted a 27-14-0 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and .912 save percentage with the Phantoms. The Flyers signed him as an NCAA free agent out of Yale University on April 5, 2016.

Stolarz had an up-and-down campaign last season with the Phantoms, his third year in the AHL. He had a 2.92 GAA and .911 save percentage in 29 games. He had a cup of coffee with the Flyers in November and December when Michal Neuvirth dealt with a lower-body injury. The 23-year-old goalie made his NHL debut on Nov. 27 against Calgary in a 5-3 win.

Overall, Stolarz, 23, was 2-1-1 with a 2.07 GAA and .928 save percentage in seven games with the Flyers.

Despite showing promise in his limited action, Stolarz didn't earn the trust of Hextall, who repeatedly has said he wasn't comfortable handing Stolarz the backup job.

Thus, Hextall signed Brian Elliott to a two-year contract on July 1. With Elliott and  Neuvirth under control for the two years, the Flyers are committing to a stopgap tandem.

"Anthony Stolarz has improved every year in the American League," Hextall said earlier this month. "With Neuvy's track record of injuries, we just didn’t feel comfortable with bringing Stolie in at this time. The guy we all forget about is Alex Lyon. He's done a pretty good job down there, too. Those two guys will go back down there and battle it out.

"We'll see where it goes, but they're two very good young goalies. We'll see how it goes this year with them and make adjustments as we go along."

What makes their extensions interesting is the term. With both on one-year contracts, it's safe to say the Flyers are pitting Lyon and Stolarz against each other once again in a competition at the AHL level.

The winner may get another contract and the other let go. It's a fascinating problem the Flyers have here in net, one that is a problem but one they should love to have.

Goalie prospects Carter Hart and Felix Sandstrom are still a few years away from NHL consideration. Hart, 18, and will spend one more year in the WHL before turning pro. Sandstrom decided to re-sign for one more year in Sweden. He said at last week's development camp that he needed one more season before coming overseas (see story).

Should Sandstrom come over for the 2018-19 season, when Lyon and Stolarz's contracts are up, the crease in Lehigh Valley could be crowded with Hart expected to be there too.

Despite having Elliott and Neuvirth under control for 2018-19, the Flyers could foresee either Lyon or Stolarz being NHL ready that year and move either Elliott or Neuvirth.

This is all projection. Hextall has positioned himself to have this problem, and it's one the organization hasn't had often. There is a healthy goalie problem brewing.

That should be welcomed.

Flyers extend qualifying offers to 7 restricted free agents

Flyers extend qualifying offers to 7 restricted free agents

As expected, the Flyers made qualifying offers to seven restricted free agents on Monday.

Goalie Anthony Stolarz, center Mike Vecchione, and forwards Roman Lyubimov and Taylor Leier, all of whom saw some duty at the NHL level last season received offers.

So did forwards Cole Bardreau, Scott Laughton and goalie Alex Lyon.

Flyers development camp is expected to open on Sunday, July 9 at Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., which is undergoing extensive upper level renovations which is closed off from the general public.

Camp will be open to the public and admission is free.

Cole Bardreau will miss chance to impress at Flyers training camp

Cole Bardreau will miss chance to impress at Flyers training camp

VOORHEES, N.J. — Every team in hockey has its share of tough-luck players; guys who have a knack for getting an injury at the wrong time and miss out on something significant.

Such appears to be the case for Flyers forward prospect Cole Bardreau.

The 23-year-old Phantoms center underwent abdominal surgery within the past 10 days and will miss all of training camp.

He’s had significant injuries going back several years, starting with a cervical fracture in his neck three years ago at Cornell University that caused him to miss the NHL draft. 

The Flyers signed him as a free agent in 2015.

“He should be back by mid-October,” general manager Ron Hextall said Thursday at Flyers Skate Zone.

With the Flyers missing three centermen — Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — because of the World Cup of Hockey, Bardreau, along with Scott Laughton and Nick Cousins, would have been given extra ice time and a chance to impress in preseason exhibitions.

“Typically, your veteran players, you want to get them in four, five games, and it limits the opportunity for some other guys,” Hextall said.

“Well this year is a little different year. Especially in the middle. Look at our centers from last year — three of them are in the World Cup. So there’s going to be opportunities here for guys to show us what they can do.”

From the standpoint of forward prospects, much of the attention there in rookie camp will be focused on Travis Konecny.

As such, Bardreau said after this summer’s developmental camp, he was hoping to fly under the radar and impress people on the side.

“Absolutely, I think that with all my injuries, it’s kind of been the story of my whole career,” Bardreau said this past June. “I’ve always been the underdog that really surprises people and that’s something that I like to play with.

“Last year, my goal was to come in and help out the Phantoms and be a stable position, but this year the goal is to try and get a few games up with the Flyers. It’s important for me to come in with that mindset, it’s going to help me along the way.”

Unfortunately for him, it won’t happen.

Gudas update
Hextall said the club’s information and examination of Radko Gudas doesn’t quite measure up to what Czech officials announced last week — that the Flyers’ defenseman had a hairline fracture in his wrist.

A source told this week Gudas’ injury wasn’t as severe as believed and he is expected in camp.

“There is some misinformation there and leave it at that,” Hextall said. “He has an upper-body injury and we’ll monitor him week to week and that’s it.”

Camp dates
An update: Rookies will go on ice Sept. 19, while the veterans will be on ice Sept. 23. The Flyers-Islanders rookie game on Long Island is slated for Sept. 21.