In a bit of disappointing news for 29 NHL teams yesterday, the Philadelphia Flyers signed 24-year-old Zac Rinaldo to a two-year extension which will keep him locked in with the club that he started with three years ago until the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season.
Rinaldo, drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round of the 2008 draft, was set to become a free agent by seasons end, but GM’s around the league will just have to wait it out before they can try to sign the plucky forward.
“ I’m surprised that we’d even started to talk about it so early, but I am thrilled,” Rinaldo told the teams website on Tuesday. “Philadelphia is where I started my NHL career and this is where I want to be so I am really happy. This definitely gives me a lot of confidence by the Flyers showing that they have confidence in me. I know they want to see me get better as a player, and this is the place to do it.”
Surprised is certainly one way to put the news of the extension.
Without the need to prove himself- something even the best of the best have had to do in the NHL- it will be exciting to see where Rinaldo goes from here. Last season the Ontario native notched two goals and four points, adding 153 penalty minutes and the third-worst plus/minus on the Flyers roster with a -13 in a career-high of 67 games played.
Rinaldo is entering his fourth NHL season, all of which he has spent with the Flyers. He has seven goals and 18 points through 165 regular season games.
What we can conclude from this weeks signing: Paul Bissonette, who remains a free agent, was drafted by the wrong Pennsylvania hockey team.