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06-05-2013, 06:54 AM
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dats81
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There is still a lot of confusion about Raffl's contract. Several Austrian news portals are reporting a 3 year contract.

The length of the contract (3 years) is mentioned two times in the following interview with Michael Raffl and even though he (the player) does not explicitely mention the terms himself, he also does not object when the interviewer refers to the topic.

http://www.laola1.at/de/wintersport/...-199-199-.html (German)

On a side note, Raffl is really excited to join the Flyers. He is talking about a lifetime opportunity and although he always liked the Flyers in general, he admits that he would have pretty much accepted any remaining offer just to get a chance to ever play a game in the NHL. So far, he hasn't chatted with any representative of the Flyers' front office (the deal went down exclusively via his agent Patrick Pilloni) but he is well aware that he will most likely have to start the season with the Phantoms and it doesn't really bother him that much.
When asked about in what area he needs to improve most, he has to admit that he doesn't know how his play and the North American style of hockey will fit together and that he can't really assess himself but tells the reporter that he will put an emphasis on heavy workouts and getting stronger in general and that he can't really change a lot about his style of play due to not having access to any on-ice facilities during the summer.
He also talks about possibly coming over to NA earlier and working out together with Michael Grabner from the Isles.

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