Many people thought that the Philadelphia Flyers would move on from right winger Matt Read, a free agent at the end of the 2013-2014 season, this offseason to avoid giving overpaying him in a new deal.
Many people were wrong.
As reported by CSNPhilly, the Flyers have signed Read, 27, to a four-year, $14.5 million contract. His agent and Holmgren have been engaging in talks all summer, but only recently did the plan come together.
After a stellar rookie season in which he led all first-timers with 24 goals, Read took a backseat to guys like Wayne Simmonds and Jake Voracek last season, posting 11 goals in 42 games during the lockout-shortened season. He figures to be the team’s 3rd-line right winger next to Sean Couturier.
Of his contract, Read said, “I couldn’t be happier with being with this organization, and I’m glad to be here for a couple more years.” Let’s hope that he plays up to his deal, a relative bargain in my mind, unlike so many before him during the Paul Holmgren Era.