Flyers sign pair

One day after they made denials, the Flyers made it official: They announced the signing of a pair of players they hope will help them down the road.

The Flyers agreed to free-agent contracts with 6-foot, 192-pound left wing Michael Raffl and 6-3, 218-pound defenseman Maxim Lamarche, GM Paul Holmgren said.

Raffl, 24, spent the last two seasons playing for Leskands IF in Leskand, Sweden, which has was a member of the country’s second-highest professional league. He led the team with 24 goals and 46 points.

Raffl has played seven full seasons in Austria and Sweden, appearing in a total of 312 games. He has 101 goals and 100 assists for 201 career points, along with 305 PIM and a plus-63 rating.

Lamarche, who will turn 21 on July 11, comes to the Flyers organization from Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He recorded nine goals and 34 assists in 55 games during the 2012-13 regular season, while posting a plus-31 rating. He helped the Drakkar to a berth in the QMJHL finals, where it lost to eventual Memorial Cup champion Halifax.

In four seasons in the QMJHL with Victoriaville and Baie-Comeau, Lamarche recorded 23 goals and 90 assists for 113 points in 252 games, along with 269 penalty minutes.



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