Given the array of abilities Scott Laughton brings to the ice, there was good purpose to imagine the Philadelphia Flyers might have traded away the 26-year-old middle earlier than the deadline in the present day. As an alternative, the Flyers secured a pleasant roster piece by inking Laughton to a five-year extension value $15 million.
Really, it has been a disappointing 12 months for Philadelphia, however the Flyers nonetheless have a puncher’s probability of attending to the playoffs (although they must go Boston and struggle off the Rangers so as to take action). The staff’s struggles have are available in internet, the place Carter Hart has actually sagged, whereas the ability play and offense has simply been OK.
In Laughton, the Flyers retain a hard-working middle who leads the staff in hits and has 17 factors in 38 video games – all of which have come at even-strength, with Laughton averaging lower than 16 minutes per recreation of ice time. He additionally kills penalties and whereas the Flyers’ PK stats are among the many worst within the NHL, it ought to once more be famous that a few of that’s on Hart, whose .781 save share whereas shorthanded is the worst of any goalie within the league with a minimum of 15 appearances.
What the brand new Laughton deal does is present some consistency up entrance for Philadelphia within the coming years, as Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher can have some massive selections on his fingers. Captain Claude Giroux is slated to hit unrestricted free company in the summertime of 2022, as is essential pivot Sean Couturier.
In the meantime, youthful forwards corresponding to Travis Konecny and Joel Farabee have already made an NHL affect whereas the likes of Nolan Patrick and Morgan Frost are discovering their means within the professional recreation.
Laughton brings plenty of versatility to the lineup, as he can play middle or left wing. At $3 million, his new stipend is a pleasant elevate from the $2.3 million he’s at the moment making, nevertheless it’s not sufficient to get the staff in hassle at any level. He’ll be 32 by the point the brand new contract expires and for a participant who brings a jack-of-all-trades kind of recreation to the ice, Laughton needs to be a strong middle-six ahead for the length.
This hasn’t been the season the Flyers anticipated, however there’s a good staff right here and clearly Fletcher is not panicking. In re-signing Laughton as an alternative of buying and selling him, Fletcher is displaying religion within the course of.