Here are comments from Darrell Powe following his signing with the Flyers:
Q: What is your reaction after signing with the Flyers?
DP: “Obviously, I am very excited. The Flyers are a great organization. They have been good to me all along so to sign back with the Flyers is exactly what I want and I look forward to next season.”
Q: Speaking of next season, what are the expectations of this team?
DP: “We expect to go all the way next season. We have a good team coming in and we all got a taste of things last year. We should all be motivated to get back where we were last year and finish the job this time.”
Q: What can you say about Philadelphia’s offseason acquisitions?
DP: “I think they are going to help our team. We’ve added some size and a little bit of finesse out there. These will be a couple of more pieces to the puzzle and will hopefully help us get to where we were last year.”
UPDATED: Along with confirming the Powe signed, the Flyers announced they have signed three others to contracts: defenseman Dan Jancevski and forwards Matt Clackson and David Laliberte.
Laliberte, 24, recorded 46 points (18G,28A) in 66 games with the Adirondack Phantoms, in the AHL, and had three points in 11 games with the Flyers.
Clackson, 25, spent the entire season with Adirondack, where he posted six points (2G,4A) and 174 penalty minutes in 60 games with the Phantoms.
Jancevski, 29, appeared in 78 regular season games with the Texas Stars, the Dallas Stars’ AHL affiliate, where he recorded 23 points (3G,20A) and 71 penalty minutes.
The Flyers and restricted free agent forward Darroll Powe agreed to a one-year deal yesterday, the Daily News has learned.
Powe, 25, will earn $725,000 for the upcoming season in a one-way contract – meaning the Flyers plan to have him on their roster throughout the season. It’s a 36-percent raise from the $532,500 he earned last year.
Powe will be a restricted free agent again next season.
Last season, the Princeton University graduate and scrappy forward posted 9 goals and 6 assists for 15 points over 63 games. He missed 19 games with a dislocated right shoulder last November and December. He also played in all 23 playoff games.
Powe’s signing likely rounds out the Flyers’ depth chart at the forward position, giving coach Peter Laviolette 14 forwards to manage in training camp. With Blair Betts likely not available at the start of the season because of an offseason shoulder surgery, Powe would fit in the top 12 in Betts’ absence. That would leave room for Riley Cote as the extra forward until Betts can return.
With 14 forwards, 8 defensemen and 2 goalies – at least two players more than the Flyers need to carry – they have approximately $327,737 remaining in salary cap space.
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