Former Flyer Raffl finds a new home


For the first time in his NHL career, Michael Raffl has signed a contract with a team other than the Flyers.

On Day 2 of free agency Thursday, Raffl signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Stars.

Last season, as the Flyers continued to slide out of the playoff race, the 32-year-old Raffl was dealt to the Capitals at the trade deadline in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round draft pick.

Prior to joining Washington, Raffl had never played for anyone else. At 24 years old, the Austrian forward was signed by the Flyers to an entry-level deal back in May 2013. Raffl ended up playing 504 career games with the Flyers, more than the likes of Eric Lindros, Paul Holmgren and Dave Poulin.

"He's a great teammate," Claude Giroux said in April. "You play with a lot of teammates in your career, but I'd say Mike is one of the best teammates I've ever had."

Raffl will soon head to Texas for September training camp. And he'll soon continue his climb on the all-time games played ladder among players from his native country. Raffl has 514 games on his NHL résumé. Only two Austrian players have ever played more: Thomas Vanek (1,029) and Michael Grabner (640).

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