Unrestricted free agent forward Michael Raffl has signed a two-year contract with Lausanne HC of the Swiss National League, per a team release early Thursday morning. The team’s head coach, John Fust, commented on the signing (translated from French):. Michael has proven his worth as a leader in the...
Former Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl signed a two-year deal to join Lausanne Hockey Club in Switzerland's National League on Thursday. Raffl was an unrestricted free agent. He put up seven goals and nine assists in 76 games with the Stars this past season while averaging 14:32 of ice time per contest.
Unrestricted free-agent forward Michael Raffl signed a two-year contract with Lausanne Hockey Club of Switzerland's National League on Thursday. Raffl, 33, recorded 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 76 games last season with the Dallas Stars. The Austrian collected two goals and an assist during the Stars' first-round playoff series against the Calgary Flames.
DALLAS -- When Stars forward Michael Raffl dropped the gloves with Matthew Tkachuk at the end of the first period of Game 1, he sent a strong message to his teammates and the opposition. The normally even-keeled 33-year-old usually stays away from that sort of stuff, but it's the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Raffl scored an empty-net goal on two shots, added four hits and served two PIM in Thursday's 2-0 win over the Flames in Game 2. The Stars held a 1-0 lead for much of the contest until Raffl was able to deposit an empty-netter with 1:09 left in the game. The 33-year-old had seven goals and nine assists in 76 regular-season contests, and his bottom-six role isn't expected to lead to much offense in the postseason. He'll continue to serve as more of a checking-line presence and a penalty killer.
Raffl scored a shorthanded on goal shots and added three hits in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Sharks. Raffl's goal at 13:32 of the second period stood as the game-winner. This was the 33-year-old's third shorthanded point of the season. It snapped a nine-game point drought for the forward. Raffl's at 16 points, 90 shots on net, 116 hits and a minus-13 rating through 69 appearances while mainly playing in a bottom-six role.
Raffl logged an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Ducks. Raffl snapped a five-game point drought with his secondary helper on a Radek Faksa goal. The 33-year-old Raffl has been a modest contributor on offense with 15 points, 79 shots on net and a minus-11 rating in 59 contests. He's added 99 hits and 14 PIM while often playing in a bottom-six role.
Raffl logged an assist, four shots on goal and three hits in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Canadiens. Raffl set up Radek Faksa's first goal since November late in the first period. The helper ended a five-game drought for Raffl, who has often been limited to a checking-line role this season. The 33-year-old forward is at 14 points, 72 shots on net, 89 hits and a minus-10 rating in 53 appearances -- his fantasy value is low in most standard formats due to a lack of offense.
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Raffl logged an assist and a team-high six shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Kings. Raffl set up Luke Glendening on the Stars' first goal of the game. The 33-year-old Raffl has two goals and a helper in his last two contests since snapping a seven-game drought. The forward is at 13 points, 60 shots, 73 hits and a minus-7 rating in 47 outings overall, mainly playing a defensive role in the bottom six.
DALLAS -- Michael Raffl got a radical haircut this weekend, so of course his teammates took advantage of it. Raffl had his decent "flow" shaved down to a buzz cut. And as he prepared for the pregame skate against Buffalo on Sunday, he couldn't find his helmet. So, he skated out and boldly showed off his new coif.
It was a Sunday matinee at the American Airlines Center as the Dallas Stars welcomed the Buffalo Sabres to town. Looking to avenge their overtime loss and continue a recent string of strong play, Dallas also had the added motivation of working themselves into the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. On the opposite end of the playoff spectrum are the Buffalo Sabres, who came into the afternoon sporting a 2-7-1 record in their last ten and a five game losing streak. Long out of the playoff picture no team in the NHL is playing worse hockey than the Sabres. Given all that is on the line for a Stars team looking to claw their way into the post-season, Buffalo would love nothing more than to play spoiler on the road.
Raffl scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Sabres. He opened the scoring midway through the first period, deflecting home a Radek Faksa shot, then gave the Stars a 3-1 lead late in the second by banging home his own rebound. Raffl had gone 16 games without a goal coming into Sunday, managing only one assist over that stretch with his last tally coming Jan. 6. On the season, the 33-year-old has six goals and 12 points through 46 contests.