The Philadelphia Flyers successfully reached an agreement with fourth line forward Zac Rinaldo. The 24 year old Rinaldo signed a new two year $1.7m contract on Tuesday.
Rinaldo tallied just four points in 67 games for the Flyers last season. This is a standard signing for a fourth line player in my opinion. Rinaldo is not known for scoring goals. Instead he earns his paycheque by antagonizing, chirping and punching his opponents.
Zac Rinaldo accumulated an astonishing 153 penalty minutes last season, which brings in to question, why would a team want to re-sign this kid. I believe every team needs someone like Rinaldo to help them succeed.
He's fearless, energetic and does whatever it takes to win. Yes, he takes a lot of penalties, but they're not all stupid penalties. Not all of those minutes were due to fighting. In fact, out of all those minutes Rinaldo was only given one game misconduct penalty and seven major penalties last season. This kid spent most of his time drawing penalties last season and I believe that’s why he was given this new contract.
He has plenty of potential and will certainly improve his skills. He has explosive speed, isn’t afraid to throw his weight around and plays the game with a high level of intensity. He energizes the crowd every time he steps on the ice and uses that energy and momentum to try and give his Flyer teammates a boost.
I love watching Rinaldo play and I’m glad he’s staying in Philadelphia. He fits in perfectly with the Flyers and has adapted to their style of play quite easily.
I believe Zac Rinaldo will be playing on the Flyers fourth line for most of the season again this year. There is no doubt in my mind that Rinaldo’s penalty minutes will be in and around where they were last year.
But Rinaldo will also be balancing that out by giving his team powerplay opportunities as well. There aren’t many players that can resist retaliating against this guy's antics in my opinion.
The Philadelphia Flyers have made some great moves in this off-season period. The organization seems keen on building a roster of young talented players. And with the additions of Ryan White and R.J. Umberger, the Flyers now have considerable amount of depth within their roster too.
It will be interesting to see who will join Captain Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmons on the Flyers top line moving forward. I believe Jakub Voracek or Sean Coutourier could end up on the Flyers top line permanently this season.
And I believe this Philadelphia Flyers will make the playoffs again this season.