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Flyers sign UFA defenseman Christian Marti of Genève-Servette HC (Swiss NLA)

http://flyers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=766058


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Another lefty? No Zaitsev I guess.

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Possesses a rare combination of size and mobility. Christian Marti, with his skill and long reach, has perfect shutdown abilities. Battles hard along the boards and will not quit until he has the puck. Plays with a lot intensity, as Marti loves to throw out punishing hits. He needs to work on his consistency and try to avoid defensive woes. Has untapped offensive abilities and owns a booming shot from the point, which makes him a reliable option for a power play unit. (by Rafik Soliman, December 2013)
http://www.eliteprospects.com/player....o0eCRiA4.dpuf

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Lauridsen replacement?

Looks like he missed the second half of this past season with a shoulder injury.

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Well couldn't hurt. Sounds like he has some potential, if he's decent the Phantoms could have a pretty solid D next year with Alt, Hagg, Morin, Ghost, Manning, and maybe this guy.

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Lauridsen replacement?
I would have to think that's the end of Lauridsen.

Morin
Gostisbehere
Hagg
Alt
Marti
Petterrson
Lamarche

That's who's all under contract next year (you can throw Manning in there if you want but my guess is he's going to be the #7 on the Flyers).

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I would have to think that's the end of Lauridsen.

Morin
Gostisbehere
Hagg
Alt
Marti
Petterrson
Lamarche

That's who's all under contract next year (you can throw Manning in there if you want but my guess is he's going to be the #7 on the Flyers).
I'd have to think an AHL veteran is added to that mix

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Lamarache really sticks out as a guy who doesn't deserve an ELC.

I'm not sure what you use with capgeek down, but this seems pretty up to date outside of Marti, and not having the contract slides of guys like Morin up to date.

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/cap-central/team.php?team=PHI

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That Phantoms D next year is going to be bad ass. Great mix of skill, puck moving, and shutdown guys.

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I like. Has played in a mens league for the past 2 years and while the NLA isnt a top notch league its still a good one.

6'3 defender who can skate well with shutdown abilities. Sign me up

Also we should wait to see if he is talked alot during the offseason by management. Call it coincidence but they always talk up players they feel has a chance to make the squad. Happened with Read, Raffl and PEB. This isnalittle different though since we are hammered already with 5/6 defenders.

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Alt - Hagg
Morin - Ghost
Marti - Pitbull/7th

A lot of young guys and guys coming off injury filled season but if they stay healthy they will be full to watch. Also nice to see 5 guys that have average to +average shots on the d.

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Geez you stole our best d-man!

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I like. Has played in a mens league for the past 2 years and while the NLA isnt a top notch league its still a good one.

6'3 defender who can skate well with shutdown abilities. Sign me up

Also we should wait to see if he is talked alot during the offseason by management. Call it coincidence but they always talk up players they feel has a chance to make the squad. Happened with Read, Raffl and PEB. This isnalittle different though since we are hammered already with 5/6 defenders.
You serious?!

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Sold. Now we have a Ray Bourque to go along with our incoming Pronger, Keith, Orr, and Suter. We might be good.

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I like. Has played in a mens league for the past 2 years and while the NLA isnt a top notch league its still a good one.

6'3 defender who can skate well with shutdown abilities. Sign me up

Also we should wait to see if he is talked alot during the offseason by management. Call it coincidence but they always talk up players they feel has a chance to make the squad. Happened with Read, Raffl and PEB. This isnalittle different though since we are hammered already with 5/6 defenders.
I think now the NLA is the 3rd best in Europe... KHL ofc the best, SHL 2nd... but tbh the NLA is not that far behind the SHL these days, though still clearly behind. I actually think it is ~AHL level.

Klasen, Ritchie, Johansson, Holloway, Paulsson and Axelsson all scored about ~10% less in the SHL than NLA.

Arlbrandt scored at a lower level this year in the NLA than the year before in the SHL... but tbh that was a freak year and his rate is similar to his other SHL seasons.

Bouchard, Pouliot, Earl, Giroux, D'Agostini, Mauldin and Shannon when averaged out had pretty equivalent scoring in the AHL and NLA.

A big part of that though is the North American players the NLA attracts... but Switzerland produce a lot of very good players for their own league as well. I mean... I would not like to have the job of picking the last ~3-4 slots on a Swiss national team, about 15-20 players are in contention!

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Geez you stole our best d-man!
Could you give us a first hand account of him?

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Maybe Striet can help him along in the org as well!

Nice pick up, cannot hurt.

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Could you give us a first hand account of him?
He's really physical, tough to beat on one-on-one, I think he could improve his offensive game. Yet he already has an impressive shoot from the point and he has been given PP duty on our second unit this past 2 seasons. FYI he missed the end of the season and the Playoffs with a shoulder injury that had been bothering him well before Christmas, it's kind of a nagging injury so hopefully it won't affect his off season training. If he can bounce back from that injury, he'd expect him to make his NHL debut at some point in the 2015/16 season. I'm sure you'll like him.

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Always pleased with these type of signings. Hopefully he pans out.

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If this is the next Read/Raffl/Bellemare gem that we can get for free then faaaantastic.

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His numbers in the Q were horrible. Makes me wonder if he had trouble adjusting to the small ice.

Call me a pessimist but I'm not a fan of this one.

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His numbers in the Q were horrible. Makes me wonder if he had trouble adjusting to the small ice.

Call me a pessimist but I'm not a fan of this one.
Well, it's not like you gave up anything for him so..

Don't know him enough to say if he'll be an improvement for the Phantoms, but it certainly can't hurt.

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Solid pickup, good combination of size and mobility.

You normally have to draft that kind of player between round 3 and 6, so why not take this one for free?

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