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Flyers make qualifying offers to five RFAs

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have made Qualifying Offers to the following restricted free agents: Nick Cousins, Brandon Manning, Brayden Schenn, Petr Straka and Jordan Weal, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Cousins appeared in his second season with the Flyers, recording six goals and five assists for 11 points in 36 games. He was recalled to the Flyers on Feb. 5 and finished the remainder of the season and appeared in all six Stanley Cup playoff games. At this time of his recall, he led the Phantoms in scoring with 38 points (12g-26a) in 38 games.

Manning appeared in his fourth season with the organization and first full season with Flyers, recording seven points (1g-6a) in 56 games. His only goal was a game-winning goal vs. Islanders on Mar. 21.

Straka appeared in his third season in the organization, recording 37 points (19g-18a) in 64 games for the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. His 19 goals ranked third on the team, while his 37 points tied for third - both were new career highs.

Schenn appeared in his fifth season with the Flyers. He recorded new career-highs in goals (26), assists (33) and points (59), which finished third on the Flyers behind only Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds. He led all Flyers in scoring since Jan. 1 with 44 points (19g-25a) in 44 games, which also tied for sixth among all NHL players.

Weal was acquired by the Flyers on Jan. 6 in trade with the Los Angeles Kings along with a 2016 3rd round pick for Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn. He made his Flyers debut on Jan. 25 vs. Boston and appeared in four games with the Flyers, going scoreless. Prior to that, he appeared in 10 games for the Kings, including his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2015.

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