Rasmus Ristolainen Resigns
Per the Philadelphia Flyers twitter the Flyers have Resigned Rasmus to a 5 year $25.5 million dollar deal. The deal has an (AAV) of $5.1 million per year. Drafted in the 1st round (8th overall) by Buffalo in 2013. He's only 27 and he's been a decent overall this year. While not lighting the world on fire, he should be a solid defensemen on the 2nd pairing providing Ryan Ellis comes back healthy next year to play on the top pair with a very struggling Ivan Provorov.
Rasmus has 13 points this season (2g - 11a) in 49 games. He's averaging 21:22 of ice time which ranks him third on the team of players having played at least 10 games. Ristolainen was acquired on July 23, 2021 from Buffalo. The Flyers gave up a first round pick (13th overall) in the 2021 Draft, the Flyers 2nd round pick in the very loaded 2023 NHL draft and defensemen Robert Hagg. It looked like a pretty big price to pay for someone that was possibly going to test free agency at the end of the year. Rasmus is a big body defensemen, something that the Flyers have been largely missing since Radko Gudas left the team.
The Flyers ended the month of February with a quiet whimper which is something we've come to expect from this team. 2-6 for the month. March started off much the same with back to back looses to Edmonton and The Wild before shocking everyone and ripping off a 4-3 win over Chicago and a 2-1 win against the Golden Knights in which Carter Hart made a career high 47 saves against Las Vegas. As the trade deadline approaches the Flyers are likely to be sellers with the biggest chip being Claude Giroux. Giroux is schedulded to play his 1000th game in the NHL, all with the Flyers on March 17th against the Nashville Predators. The NHL trade deadline is March 21.