Some news out of the Flyers after all tonight. Via Anthony SanFilippo, the Flyers have re-signed veteran center Adam Hall, claimed off of waivers last April, to a one-year deal worth $600,000 for the 2013-14 season.
Hall, who'll turn 33 in August, is pretty much your prototypical fourth-line center. He's not much of a scorer, coming off a season where he managed just four points in 37 games between three teams, but he can handle a lot of defensive assignments, kill penalties, and win faceoffs. Fairly useful skillset to have around, and for $600K it's a nice deal for the Flyers.
With that said, two quick thoughts come to mind. First, the contract limit. Out of a maximum of 50 contracts, the Flyers are at 44 for the upcoming season as of right now. That doesn't take into account the possible slides of Anthony Stolarz (who will definitely slide) and Scott Laughton (more on him in a second), nor does it include deals for the four restricted free agents who were qualified on Tuesday (Erik Gustafsson, Brandon Manning, Oliver Lauridsen, and Eric Wellwood). So we could be in for a tight fit there pretty soon, which makes you wonder a little bit if someone who the team already has under control (like Ben Holmstrom) couldn't have filled the role.
But since he's re-upped, let's move on to the next thought: the team's current set of forwards. We gave a list of forwards that we were fairly sure would be on the team next year on Wednesday morning, so let's add Hall to it and see how it looks:
That's twelve. The team may only carry thirteen unless/until it clears up some cap room (which it still has roughly $600,000 of, as of now, per Capgeek), so let's think about this.
I had thought that Hall being re-signed would mean that Scott Laughton (another defensively-oriented forward, at this point) may not be with the big club next year, but SanFilippo seems to think he will be. So, hypothetically, that list above plus Laughton would be your opening-day set of forwards. No Tye McGinn or Jason Akeson or any of those other young guys, as of now.
Granted, one of the forwards above could get traded. Or one of them could also be waived and sent to Adirondack with no cap penalty (Hall and Rosehill are probably the leading options there). But that group is what we're looking at for the time being. We'll see. There's still plenty of offseason left for trades and moves to be made.
But for now, Adam Hall's back. Good on Paul Holmgren for celebrating July 4th by bringing back one of the team's only Americans from last year. Or something.