Brandon Manning

Flyers sign Swiss defenseman Marti


The Flyers have added another young defensive prospect to the mix, signing Swiss blueliner Christian Marti to an entry-level deal.

Marti, 22, joins the Flyers after two seasons in the Swiss National League A with club side Geneve-Servette. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, he’s got good size and showed some offensive flair during his one and only season of junior hockey in Quebec two years ago, scoring 35 points in 46 games for QMJHL Blainville-Boisbriand.

Marti also represented Switzerland at the 2012 World Juniors in Alberta.

It’ll be interesting to see where Marti fits in the Flyers system. The club has seven NHL d-men under contract for next season — Brandon Manning, Mark Streit, Andrew MacDonald, Luke Schenn, Nicklas Grossmann, Nick Schultz, and Radko Gudas — while Michael Del Zotto is a pending restricted free agent.

Highly-touted draftees Samuel Morin, Travis Sanheim and Robert Hagg could also push for roster spots.

Flyers re-sign Manning — what will Philly’s blue line look like next year?


The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed defenseman Brandon Manning to a one-year contract extension, the club announced today.

It’s a one-way, $625,000 deal for the 24-year-old, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Manning, who’s spent most of 2014-15 in the AHL, has played 10 games for the Flyers this season. He has no goals and three assists.

The Flyers now have seven NHL d-men under contract for next season — Manning, Mark Streit, Andrew MacDonald, Luke Schenn, Nicklas Grossmann, Nick Schultz, and Radko Gudas — while Michael Del Zotto is a pending restricted free agent.

The Flyers also have a handful of defensive prospects who could push to make the team next season, so don’t be shocked if we see a trade or two this summer.

Flyers announce Simmonds, MacDonald done for the season with injuries


The Philadelphia Flyers may have scored a convincing win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, but the good news ended there.

The Flyers announced afterward that forward Wayne Simmonds, who scored his 28th goal of the season earlier in the evening, and defenseman Andrew MacDonald were both done for the season due to injuries suffered against the Blackhawks.

In Simmonds’ case, he suffered a lower-body injury. MacDonald suffered an upper-body injury.

But surely as the evening continued, more details have leaked out.

From CSN Philadelphia:

The injuries leave two roster spots open. Vinny Lecavalier is currently the only healthy extra player at the Flyers’ disposal. Defenseman Luke Schenn has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury and forward R.J. Umberger had season-ending surgery last week on his hip and abdomen.

The team could recall Brandon Manning, who was just returned to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms last week after a short stint with the FLyers, to take MacDonald’s place. Forwards Jason Akeson, Scott Laughton and Petr Straka could be called up as an extra option on offense.

Flyers’ Del Zotto (upper body) out 7-10 days


Philadelphia Flyers’ defenseman Michael Del Zotto will miss 7-10 days due to an upper body injury, the club announced Sunday.

Brandon Manning, who was recalled by the Flyers on Saturday, will replace Del Zotto in the lineup.

Manning will be paired with Andrew MacDonald tonight as the Flyers visit the New Jersey Devils.

Del Zotto, who had seven goals and 16 points in his last 21 games, played 22:31 while recording three blocked shots in the Flyers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

The 24-year-old ranks second on the Flyers in time on ice per game (21:22).

Del Zotto has nine goals and 26 points in 54 games this season.

Flyers recall Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen


The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled defensemen Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen from the American Hockey League’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms the club announced.

The transaction is a result of upper body injuries to Nick Schultz and Carlo Colaiacovo suffered in Monday’s 7-4 loss to the New York Islanders.

The Flyers play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in their final game prior to the all star break. Philadelphia won the only other meeting in the battle of Pennsylvania 5-3 on Oct. 22.

Schultz will not play Tuesday while Colaiacovo is questionable.

Flyers’ GM Ron Hextall, who has been looking for defensive help since Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn were injured in October, will have to rely on patchwork blue line once again.

Manning, 24, has appeared in two games for the Flyers this season recording an assist while averaging 11:45 in ice time.

This is Lauridsen’s first call up since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. The 25-year-old recorded two goals and an assist in 15 games that season with the Flyers.

The Penguins will look to avoid a third straight loss tonight when they visit Philadelphia.