Flyers center Nolan Patrick experience ‘better and better’

Flyers basic manager Chuck Fletcher seemed much more upbeat than ever Tuesday when talking about the progress created by middle Nolan Patrick, who missed the full season because of a migraine problem.

The Flyers are negotiating with Patrick’s agent he is a potential limited cost-free agent, and Fletcher would not comment on regardless of whether the negotiations had been productive.

“Our aim with Nolan for the most aspect is creating confident we’re all doing our very best to get him healthy,” Fletcher mentioned in a meeting connect with with reporters. “He proceeds to truly feel improved and improved. I keep on to really feel optimistic that he will be a participant for us upcoming season. We’ll get to all other [contract] problems at the ideal time.”

The Flyers’ probable limited free agents as of Oct. 9 are Patrick and Phil Myers, though Tyler Pitlick, Derek Grant, Nate Thompson, Justin Braun, and Brian Elliott can become unrestricted totally free agents.

Fletcher has experienced preliminary discussions with the players’ agents.

“We’re continue to going by means of the process,” he claimed. “It’s been genuine hectic couple of months here. Commencing to get a come to feel for what is available in the current market in terms of trades. Starting up to get a sense for what RFAs are hunting for.”

About the future 7 days, Fletcher reported, “we’ll get started to tackle our have UFAs and see if there’s a in good shape.”

Of the unrestricted free of charge agents, Elliott appears to be the most possible to return.

Shayne Gostisbehere, who is considered to be a worthwhile trade chip if the Flyers choose to transfer him, appeared substantially far better when the postseason commenced, exhibiting more “pop” in his activity just after two knee surgeries.

Immediately after Gostisbehere returned, Fletcher reported he imagined the defenseman skated greater and was in a position to cut and change more quickly.

In 42 standard-year online games, Gostisbehere experienced just 5 targets and 12 factors. He experienced 13 targets and 65 factors in 2017-18.

“I feel it was a aggravating year and I really don’t assume bodily he was at the amount he desired to be until finally the finish of the 12 months,” Fletcher stated. “Shayne’s 27 yrs old. There is not numerous 27-year-olds that have been in the league that have had 60-issue seasons. Of course, he has not been at that amount for a couple seasons. … I know he’s hunting forward to showing everyone he can get again to the player he was a several seasons in the past.”

Fletcher danced all-around a dilemma on no matter whether the Flyers would have interest in signing absolutely free-agent Bobby Ryan, a Cherry Hill native.

“I can notify you I was in Anaheim when we drafted Bobby,” he mentioned. “I’ve recognized him for a very long time. He’s a huge individual and has been a quite fantastic hockey player in this league. I imagine his new [alcohol] battles have been well-documented, and evidently he’s worked challenging to get himself to a superior place. He warrants a great total of credit history for that.”

In the later on rounds of the draft, the Flyers will have a righthanded defenseman on their radar, assistant GM Brent Flahr mentioned. … Following Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos and star defenseman Victor Hedman skated with the Stanley Cup on Monday, previous Flyer Braydon Coburn, 35, was the upcoming individual supplied the Cup.