This Flyer offseason was widely regarded as “not as terrible as the past few years” with strong additions like Defenseman Make Streit and forward Vinny Lecavalier all while managing to keep the young core of players in tact, a rare spectacle for Holmgren. But one of those young players had an unclear future with the organization.
The 2013-14 season was the last year on Matt Read’s contract before he went into free agency. Read has become a fan favorite because of his level of skill and versatility on the ice. Read entered the NHL in 2011-12, and lead all rookies with 24 goals and recorded 47 points in his first season with the Flyers. He has shown an ability to be an offensive presence in almost any situation that Peter Laviolette has placed him in.
In a story by Dave Isaac of the Courier Post Read talked about the pressure that hearing about other trades put on him, knowing that his future with the Flyers was still unsettled. But all that was settled on Friday when the Flyers signed Read to a 4 year extension worth $14.5million. “We’re excited and happy we finally got it done,” Paul Holmgren said about the deal “He’s one of the young core players on our team.”
“I’m very happy about it,” Read said. “My first two years have been very overwhelming for me. It’s still crazy to me to think I’m playing in the National Hockey League, so to sign my second contract with the Philadelphia Flyers is a dream come true.”
The only young player the Flyers have yet to offer an extension to is center Brayden Schenn, Schenn had 12 goals and 6 assists in his first season with Philly and is one of the more physical forwards. Schenn’s contract also runs out this season and he will be an RFA this summer.