Raffl (pictured to the left of Wayne Simmonds) has been sidelined since Jan. 20 with pneumonia, missing seven games in that span.
It sounds like this swap will mean a new look for the Flyers’ scoring lines, as Raffl, 26, is expected to be back with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek while Brayden Schenn moves back to center between R.J. Umberger and Ryan White.
Laughton remains a work in progress at the NHL level, as he only has two goals and four assists for six points in 31 games this season. At 20, he still has plenty of time to blossom, but it sounds like it’s back to the drawing board for now.
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Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen has some bite to his game, as evidenced in this fight with Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Laughton:
Nifty moment here as St. Louis Blues captain David Backes literally passes Jaden Schwartz’s stick to him in the heat of game action: