In a late move at the trade deadline, the Washington Capitals have acquired Michael Raffl from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round draft pick. In addition, the Fleyers are retaining 25 percent of Raffl’s salary.
Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston was first with the news:
The #caps are getting Michael Raffl from Philadelphia.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 12, 2021
Raffl, 32, has played his entire NHL career with the Flyers, and his $1.6mil contract expires this offseason. The left-shooting winger has three goals and five assists in 34 games with the Flyers this season.
Some stats on Raffl for all of you stat-heads:
Michael Raffl (to Washington) is an average forward. pic.twitter.com/AbjHWkFKjZ— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) April 12, 2021
Michael Raffl has been dealt from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Washington Capitals. A bit underrated 4th liner in our eyes. He's good depth add for the Capitals. We're waiting for more details. pic.twitter.com/sjWeh0iubz— Andy & Rono (@HockeyStatsCZ) April 12, 2021
Full statement from the Capitals:
The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Michael Raffl from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick, previously acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Philadelphia will retain 25 percent of Raffl’s salary.
Raffl, 32, a native of Villach, Austria, recorded eight points (3g, 5a) in 34 games with the Flyers this season. The 6’0”, 200-pound left wing led Philadelphia forwards with 23 blocked shots and was tied for fifth on the team with 50 hits. In addition, Raffl ranked sixth among Flyers forwards with 37:24 penalty kill minutes. Raffl, who is scoring at a 19-point pace this season, has recorded at least 20 points in five of his last seven seasons.
In 504 career games, all with Philadelphia, Raffl has collected 160 points (81g, 79a).
In 28 career playoff games, Raffl has recorded eight points (5g, 3a), including two game-winning goals.
Raffl, who ranks third in NHL history among Austrian-born players with 160 points, will become the first Austrian-born player to play for the Capitals.
Internationally, Raffl has represented Austria in six World Championships (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019), recording 16 points (11g, 5a) in 30 games and during the 2014 Winter Olympics, recording three points (1g, 2a) in four games.
Welcome to Washington, Raffl!