Flyers management loves the energy and toughness that Zac Rinaldo brings, and it really liked what it saw in the two weeks newly acquired enforcer Jay Rosehill has been around. Wanting to keep what they have, the Flyers signed both physical wingers to contract extensions during Wednesday’s day off. According to capgeek.com, Rinaldo received a two-year, $1.5 million contract that comes with a $750,000 cap hit, while Rosehill was given a two-year, $1.35 million deal that carries a $675,000 cap hit. “My agent was down (in Philadelphia) this past weekend and I’m really honored,” said Rinaldo, a 22-year-old who was a Flyers’ 2008 sixth-round draft pick. Both players could have become free agents after the 2012-13 season, Rinaldo as a restricted free agent and Rosehill as an unrestricted. Each is known for physical play. Rosehill, who previously had NHL time with Toronto, has 21 fights and 245 penalty minutes over 79 games since 2009, while Rinaldo has fought 20 times and racked up 317 penalty minutes over 98 career games in two seasons. Rosehill, 27, just joined the Flyers in an April 1 trade with Anaheim for forward Harry Zolnierczyk. The 6-foot-3, 215 pounder scored a goal in his first game with the Flyers, a victory in Toronto, and thus far has fought three times in seven games. "A lot of things have changed for me here in the last few weeks," Rosehill said. "Coming to this organization, I feel a part of it right away and then to get the confidence from them to sign an extension is real exciting to me. I can't think of myself being in a better position now than being with the Flyers and I think it's going to be a real good fit. "It kind of feels like validation after the time I've spent working my work up the ranks. To get that from an organization like the Flyers - I've always looked up to them and respected the way they play hockey - is just the icing on the cake, So I couldn't be more happy right now."
Flyers keep toughness by giving new deals to Rinaldo, Rosehill
Published On: Apr 18 2013 10:06:24 AM EDT Updated On: Apr 18 2013 10:06:25 AM EDT
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