As expected, the cap-strapped Flyers didn't make a big splash when the NHL's expensive free-agent market opened Friday, signing a pair of forwards who figure to play on their third and fourth lines.
The Flyers signed feisty right winger Dale Weise to a four-year deal for $9.4 million, an average annual cap hit of $2.35 million, and later added veteran center Boyd Gordon - who thrives in the faceoff circle and should help improve their sad-sack penalty kill - to a one-year pact for $950,000.
"Dale Weise gives us size. He gives us some speed. He gives us some tenacious play," general manager Ron Hextall said in a conference call. "He plays with an edge. He can add to our depth scoring."
Weise, who scored a career-high 14 goals last season, said 10 to 12 teams showed interest in him.
"Ron Hextall reached out right away," he said. "He was one of the first guys to call me."
Weise said other teams had lists they were making to see who they wanted to sign, but that Hextall said "you're a guy we want ... and can be a big part of the team. Obviously everybody wants to be somewhere where you're wanted."
Hextall called Gordon a role player and "high-character guy" who blocks a lot of shots. He will free up Claude Giroux to not take as many defensive-zone faceoffs on the penalty kill, Hextall said, and "hopefully give [Giroux] a minute or two more of offensive situations."
Gordon, 32, can also play right wing, and Hextall said signing him will not push Pierre-Edouard Bellemare out of a spot. "Belly's a big part of our team," he said.
The Flyers passed on re-signing Ryan White, who last season scored a personal-best 11 goals - he has just 22 in his career - and became an unrestricted free agent Friday. Hextall said he tried signing White on Friday morning but "we just could not find common ground."
The hustling White - who later in the day signed a one-year, $1 million deal with Arizona - had a penchant for committing undisciplined penalties.
The Flyers now have a little less than $8 million in cap space but still must re-sign restricted free agents such as Brayden Schenn, Nick Cousins and Brandon Manning.
Hextall, who is committed to building through the draft, said he wants to leave about a $2 million cap cushion entering the season.
Weise, a fourth-round pick (111th overall) of the Rangers in 2008, had a combined 14 goals and 27 points with Montreal and Chicago last season. He had just one assist and no goals in 15 games after being acquired by Chicago in February.
"I see him as a top-nine guy," Hextall said, meaning he is comfortable with Weise on the first, second or third units.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Weise gives the Flyers some needed size. In 329 games over parts of six seasons, he has 37 goals and 49 assists for 86 points. Weise, who has scored some important playoff goals, will turn 28 on Aug. 5.
Winger Troy Brouwer, who signed a four-year deal in Calgary with an annual cap hit of $4.5 million, was too rich for the Flyers' taste.
They passed on David Perron, who signed a two-year deal with St. Louis ($3.75 million per) and veteran Eric Staal, who got a three-year contract with Minnesota at $3.5 million per season.
Winger Jamie McGinn, a 22-goal scorer who had been on the Flyers' radar, signed a three-year deal with Arizona that will have a cap hit of $3.33 million per season.
Gifted forwards like Kyle Okposo (signed with Buffalo) and Loui Eriksson (Vancouver), Milan Lucic (Edmonton) and David Backes (Boston) signed lengthy contracts that have an annual cap hit of $6 million.
"We would have loved adding a scorer to our top-six, but it just wasn't there," Hextall said. "So we'll go with what we've got. We feel comfortable with what we've got."
Gordon, who spent the last three seasons with Arizona, was selected by Washington in the first round (17th overall) of the 2002 draft. He had two goals and two assists in 65 games with the Coyotes last season.
He is regarded as an Adam Hall-type player who could help improve their penalty kill, which finished 20th in the 30-team NHL last season. Hall played for the Flyers in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Gordon or Bellemare will probably center the fourth line, with one of them moving to wing. Training camp will sort things out.
In 693 career games with the Coyotes, Washington and Edmonton, Gordon has 55 goals and 105 assists.
The Flyers also signed three AHL free agents, including 5-8, 175-pound center Andy Miele, who once starred at Miami (Ohio) and in 2011 was named the Hobey Baker winner as the college player of the year. Miele, 28, signed a one-year, one-way deal for $600,000 and will probably start the season with the Phantoms.
In 355 career AHL games, Miele has 311 points, including 106 goals. He has two points in 15 NHL games, all with the Coyotes.
Last season, Miele had 18 goals and 62 points with Grand Rapids in the AHL.
The Flyers also signed forward Greg Carey and defenseman Will O'Neill. Carey, 26, scored 26 goals for Springfield last season, while the 28-year-old O'Neill had eight goals and 50 points for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.