Flyers sign four to AHL contracts, including goalie Nic Riopel

Nic Riopel at the 2009 NHL Draft. Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

Twas mentioned in the Fly By this morning, but it does deserve its own story. The Flyers signed four players to AHL deals today, according to a bunch of different reports. The team confirmed via Twitter.

2009 draft pick Nic Riopel, Phantoms defenseman Logan Stephenson, and new acquisitions J.P. Testwuide and Jesse Dudas all are under contract with the organization now.

Riopel has been kind of a question mark in recent months. There were reports that he was a free agent, there were reports that he wasn't. There were reports he was under contract, there were reports that he wasn't. Now, it's all cleared up.

Stephenson was a solid defenseman for the Phantoms this past year. He very well could project to the NHL one day, and Tim McManus has said several times on Twitter this morning that he's a solid leader and a candidate for captain this year.

As for the other two, Testwuide is not like his younger brother, at least according to his stats. In 58 AHL games last season, he put up just eight points and 111 penalty minutes. Do the Phantoms need to beef up?

Dudas played in the International Hockey League and the Central Hockey League last year, so that's probably all you need to know. It seems like he'll be an AHL player and nothing more.

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