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Flyers retain Lauridsen for two years, $1.2M

Jul 10, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers handed defenseman Oliver Lauridsen a two-year, $1.2 million contract on Wednesday.

Team Web site reporter Anthony SanFilippo reports that it’s structured in an interesting way: the first year is two-way while the second is one-way.

Perhaps that provides a window into how the team feels the 24-year-old’s development is coming along. (It could also be a matter of salary cap management, too.)

At 6-foot-6, Lauridsen at least boasts the size to justify the team’s curiosity, and could be quite the nice find as a seventh-round pick (196th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.

The Denmark native played in 15 games at the NHL level with Philly toward the end of last season, collecting three points and 34 PIM while averaging a little more than 15 minutes per game.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    He really impressed me this season. He’s huge, mean, and has a big shot. But it was very clear he needs atleast another season with the Phantoms. His ceiling probably isn’t as more than a #5-6-7 defenseman but that’s good value for a 7th rounder. The Flyers system obviously isn’t stacked but it’s certainly heading in the right direction.

    Good signing, good price.

    • blackheart78 - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      @PP77 agreed. But do not forget we always got Bruno Gervias. :)

  2. Habib Marwan - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Is Gervais coming back?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      He’s under contract for this season. But it’s only about 825k, so they could tuck him in the minors if need be. He’s not terrible as a #7 dman, but if he’s getting regular minutes something went horribly wrong (just like last season).

  3. orangeandblack67 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    I like how he went from taking pims to drawing them in a short time but he does need to work on his hockey sense. To many careless turnovers.

  4. chrisk61 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    gervais is a stiff. he is #3 on the persona non grata / needs to go list, behind coburn and injury-prone meszaros. flyers need to move on with the defense, jettison these 3 pieces of dead weight and revamp with new younger better guys.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:47 AM

      Even though Coburn, Mezsaros, and Gervais had terrible seasons, that doesn’t mean the Flyers should dump all three. Their blueline is their weakness, and they need to keep some depth. We all saw how many defenders they lost last season. Dumping Mez to clear out his salary would be the ideal move. But Coburn has the ability to bounce back as a solid 2nd pair defenseman. Gervais is ok as a #7. He’s one of their few right handed blueliners. And that gives him slight value in spot duty. Can’t get rid of all three right now.

      • dku5 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Gervais was supposed to be a 6th or 7th man on the D for depth. He will be a UFA next year, and the Flyers need to release him for roster and cap space.

        Meszaros is also a UFA next year. He will probably be LTIR this year, but he might want to play to up his negotiating chip. It is not worth buying him out, and letting him drift nexy year might free up space for a better UFA next year.

        Coburn had a bad year for a short season on a team that suffered alot of defenseive injuries. I still think he is a top 4 defenseman, and his numbers will return with a heathly matchup for next year.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        By “dumping” I didn’t mean releasing or buying out, I meant trading Mezsaros for nothing (late round pick) in a salary dump. Holmgren has said numerous times that Mez will be cleared by a doctor in the next few weeks. So it’s very unlikely that he’d be put on LTIR. He may be terribly injury-prone but there might be a team out there that wants an expiring contract to help reach the cap floor (a la Thomas and the Isles). The problem, of course, is that his cap hit is 4.0 while his actual salary is 5.5. So a cash strapped team might be hesitant to take on that money for a guy that can’t stay healthy. Worst case scenario though, the Flyers retain a portion of his salary to lessen the expense while also clearing cap space and a roster spot.

        Meanwhile, Gervais is only making 825k so they don’t necessarily have to get rid of him. His salary is low enough that they could tuck him in the minors and bring him up if ever necessary. And there’s no way another team would claim him. But I agree on Coburn.

      • dku5 - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        I am sorry, I meant to infer that the Flyers could release him next year when he goes UFA. I don’t see an advantage of doing anyting with him unless there is an unlikely offer.

        I think the same about Mez. I do not see any realistic offers for a 2nd or 3rd line player coming off a season ending shoulder injury, while also recovering from a torn achillies. (Which did not seem to be 100%.) That is alot of red flags a team has to consider just to meet a cap floor. (I don’t think any team needs to meet the floor right now, but I may be wrong).

        Many GMs tell the press/fans that injury recovery is coming along fine, and then have to let us know about “turns for the worse.” I will wait until he laces up before I believe Mez is will be on the ice.

    • matthewmacisaac - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      I wouldn’t give up on Coburn or Meszaros, but Gervais has to go any way possible. they shouldn’t even waste ice time on him if he played for free. I didn’t think much of him when they signed him (WHY?) and now I think even less of him.

  5. chrisk61 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    gervais is a stiff. he is #3 on the persona non grata / needs to go list, behind coburn and injury-prone meszaros. flyers need to move on with the defense, jettison these 3 pieces of dead weight and revamp with new, younger, better guys.

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    I like the deal. Pretty much another entry-level deal that will allow him to prove himself worthy. I liked what I saw out of him down the stretch I think he has the potential to be 2nd/3rd pair D-man. Just keep working on the skating.

  7. mclovinhockey - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Great prospect. If he stops taking turnovers and starts causing them like PK Subban learned to do last year, he is going to be one of the best Flyers D they have developed in the past decade.

    Mez is one of the flyers best D when healthy, he has had a spree of bad luck, would love for him to be healthy again.

    Coburn just is inconsistent. Sometimes he is a solid D, others he just can’t find his game. I would love to move him in a package for an upgrade.

  8. orangeandblack31 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Good deal. Kid has potential. He will be a Pronger type in 2 years.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      I think that may be wishful thinking… Pronger was a top-2 pick and destined for greatness. Lauridsen can be a decent player, but he will never be that top-pairing guy. The only real similarities are the size and mean streak. I wish he was a Pronger-type, but he’s probably more like a Hal Gill-type, which is fine.

  9. laxman1944 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    I like the kid too, I’d put him on the 3rd pairing and let him play through any growing pains.

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