Flyers sign forward Michael Raffl to contract extension

Philadelphia Flyers' Michael Raffl in action during an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 3-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Michael Raffl to a multiyear contract extension.

The signing was announced by the Flyers on Sunday, a day before the NHL trade deadline. Raffl was a candidate to be dealt if contract talks fell through.

He was in the final year of his contract and eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The third-year player has eight goals and nine assists in 61 games this season, a year after scoring a career-best 21 goals.

Overall, the Austrian-born player has 38 goals and 29 assists in 196 games played since being signed by the Flyers in May 2013.
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