Flyers news.

They’re bringing in free agent Derick Brassard on a one-year deal:

One year, $825k for the 33-year-old veteran.

Brassard played this past season for Arizona, and was with the Islanders during the COVID/bubble year. Prior to that, he had stints with Colorado, Florida, and Pittsburgh. You probably remember him from his Rangers days, and the Blue Jackets before that.

Here’s Anthony’s take:

“Brassard is a versatile, bottom-six forward who, in a full season, can still score 15 goals and 35 points. He’s not the same player he was for the New York Rangers when he posted his best stats of his career while playing for AV, but he’s also a veteran, who despite playing for some shoddy teams and not scoring a ton, has been a decent play driver when on the ice. He’s not bad in the face off dot either and can add some depth to a second unit on the PP. It should be interesting to see if the Flyers rely heavy on veterans on the third/fourth lines or if younger players will get a chance to make the squad out of camp.

It’s been a busy offseason for the Flyers. Did they get better? On the defensive end, absolutely. They brought in Ryan Ellis and Keith Yandle and Rasmus Ristolainen. They jettisoned Jake Voracek and added Cam Atkinson on the right wing. It’s a squad that’s going to look different, and that at least makes the team intriguing as we get closer to the season opener.