While Wayne Simmonds is the most notable Philadelphia player in play today, he’s not the only one that teams are looking to acquire. Craig Custance of The Athletic reports (Twitter link) that a pair of other pending unrestricted free agents in winger Michael Raffl and goalie Brian Elliott are also garnering interest.
Raffl has had a down season after scoring 13 times one year ago. In 48 games so far this year, he has five goals and eight assists but his average ice time has dipped to just 11:25, a career low. However, he can play both wings and kill penalties so teams looking for affordable depth up front could certainly have some interest. The 30-year-old has a cap hit of $2.35MM.
As for Elliott, injuries have derailed his season as he has played in just 17 games so far this season. On top of that, the emergence of Carter Hart (who is on IR for at least one more week) and the recent addition of Cam Talbot have taken away Elliott’s path to much playing time down the stretch. He could still represent an upgrade at the backup spot for a handful of teams with playoff aspirations and carries a cap hit of $2.75MM.