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Flyers, Nicolas Aube-Kubel agree on new contract

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NAK is back, and signed for two seasons.

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One less contract on the to-do list.

Earlier today the Philadelphia Flyers announced that they had signed forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel to a two-year contract extension.

The two-year contract that has the 24-year old winger signed through the end of the 2021-2022 season has an average annual value of $1,075,000.

Aube-Kubel, who passed through waivers at the beginning of the season, was re-called to Philadelphia in December after a number of injuries to the team’s forward corps. He appeared in 36 games in the regular season, scoring seven goals and picking up eight assists. In 13 playoff games, including the round robin tournament, Aube-Kubel scored twice, and recorded an assist.

After consistently driving play in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Aube-Kubel showed just how well his game translated to the biggest stage, becoming a phenom on the forecheck for the Flyers. Per Evolving-Hockey, Aube-Kubel had a positive impact relative to his teammates via both shot share, +1.57 Corsi differential per 60 minutes, and expected goals, +0.24 Expected Goal differential per 60 minutes, at five-on-five.

With Aube-Kubel out of the way, the Flyers now have eight players set to become either restricted free agents, or unrestricted free agents. They’ll need to make decisions on Philippe Myers, Nolan Patrick, Robert Hagg, Brian Elliott, Tyler Pitlick, Derek Grant, Nate Thompson, and Justin Braun,