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Report: Flyers re-sign Grossmann to a four-year, $14 million deal

Apr 6, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

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Looks like Nicklas Grossmann‘s made quite the impression during his brief stint in Philly.

Acquired shortly before the February trade deadline, Grossmann took all of 22 games to show he was worth a long-term investment — which the Flyers reportedly gave him on Friday. Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia says the 27-year-old Swede inked a four-year, $14 million deal ($3.5 average annual cap hit.)

More, from CSN:

It is believed this deal is worth double his previous cap hit.
Grossmann has given the Flyers a physical, defensive presence. He is easily the club’s best crease-clearer.
He is also a tenacious shot blocker. Grossmann came here with 100 blocked shots from Dallas and has 52 as a Flyer.

Grossman would’ve been an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, which could explain why Flyers GM Paul Holmgren was quick to sign him. Philly was also likely keen to extend Grossmann given Chris Pronger‘s playing future is cloudy at best and Matt Carle — Philadelphia’s second-leading defenseman scorer — is 27, an unrestricted free agent and believed to be seeking a raise from his current deal ($3.44 million annually.)

Speaking of raises, this deal represents a significant one for Grossmann, who’s last contract in Dallas was a two-year deal worth $3.25 million ($1.63 million per.)

  1. dougr42 - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Please let this mean they’re letting Matt “Turnover Machine” Carle walk. Please please please.

    • ml3939 - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      They have to let him walk. The only thing he is good at is pissing me off. He can’t clear pucks, he is an average skater and if his shot is not blocked, it is wide. Someone is going to dearly regret overpaying him. His poor play is usually masked by his better partner.

  2. cableguymike - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Wish the Canucks could have gotten this guy.

  3. dawglb - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Holmgren as a player,…not the smartest. But, I give him high marks (along with the scouting dept.) as a GM. The Grossmann trade was brilliant. The re-signing, just as brilliant.

  4. phillyphan83 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    I’m breaking something if matt carle is in orange and black next year

  5. flyerscup2010 - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    leave matt carle alone

    • ml3939 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Sorry Matt.

      • flyerscup2010 - Apr 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        i forgive you

  6. matthews4 - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Matt Carle just bad

  7. dbick - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    All I remember is Matt Carle’s bad plays so he needs to be gone! – Flyers fans.

  8. mclovinhockey - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Good move, once again wish we could have done this move for less. We don’t have the money for Carle anyway. We may see us trade Bob and JVR for cheaper players and picks. Maybe those two for Franson, Reimer and a pick. We are taking on too much salary these days, lucky we still gain a bit of money with the keep grossmen lose Carle thing but not enough to keep everyone

    • obamablowz - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Couturier 19, Giroux 24, Schenn 20, Wellwood 22, Read 25,Simmonds 23, Vorachek 22, and good Defense 4 of 6 starting are 27 or younger……Why would you be concerned with draft picks and not winning now? Idiot!!!!

  9. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Solid signing. 4 years is reasonable. I do agree with my fellow Flyers fans that Carle has to go. He is way too soft with the puck. TOs. Shots being blocked from the point. When his shots do hit the net, it seems like he has no intention of scoring. I think the Flyers are higher on him than I am. It’s the same way with JVR. Both those guys need to go. For those who thought we would be missing JVR have seen this team doesn’t need him. We shall what happens to both but I’m glad that Homer was able to lock up Grossmann, who is at the top of his game, for the mid-term future.

    • ml3939 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      JVR has been hurt pretty much all year when he was in the line up. As good as their offense is, they do slump at times. I think a healthy JVR is a huge asset as he was in the playoffs last year. He is very strong skating to the net and at his age he is should still be getting stronger. Give him a chance.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        How is he a ‘strong’ skater? When does he display that PWF mentality? The guy carries himself in a way that inspires no one. Tell me why he can’t play the way he did in the playoffs? Does he need to be reminded? JVR is a frustrating player to watch. Thankfully the Flyers are deep.

  10. phillyphan83 - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    no JVR is a keeper. lock him up long-term for affordable price. he just might out-play that contract

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