Phil Varone (ice hockey)
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Philip Varone (born December 4, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward. He currently plays for the Laval Rocket in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). Varone was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
December 4, 1990|
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|NHL team (P)|
Laval Rocket (AHL)
147th overall, 2009|
San Jose Sharks
Varone attended the San Jose Sharks training camp in 2010, but was sent down to London for the season. By July 2011, the Sharks had not signed Varone to a contract, making him a free agent. Varone attended the Buffalo Sabres training camp in 2011, but did not make the team. He instead signed a one-year AHL contract with the Sabres' affiliate Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL). He led Rochester in scoring with 11 goals and 41 assists.
On March 19, 2012, the Buffalo Sabres signed Varone to a three-year entry level contract. Varone was recalled to the Sabres' active roster on January 22, 2014, and scored his first career point with an assist on a goal by Brian Flynn the next night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Varone scored his first goal in his fourth career game, against Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals on January 28, 2014.
Following the 2014–15 season, Varone became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Buffalo Sabres made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Varone filed for salary arbitration. The two sides reached an agreement on a one-year, two-way contract on July 13.
In the 2015–16 season, Varone played in a further five games with the Sabres, but was on assignment with the Rochester Americans when on February 27, 2016, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators as part of a seven-player deal. Varone was called up to Ottawa for the final game of the season, April 9, 2016 and recorded an assist. In the following 2016–17 season, Varone split between Ottawa and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. Serving as an alternate captain he appeared in 65 regular season games for Binghamton, where he recorded 36 assists and 51 points. He was scoreless over 7 games in the NHL with Ottawa.
On July 1, 2017, having left the Senators as a free agent, Varone signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. At the end of the 2017–18 regular season, Varone was named the AHL's Most Valuable Player.
On December 7, 2018, Varone was recalled by the Flyers. He made his Flyers debut on December 8 against the Buffalo Sabres. He scored his first goal as a member of the Flyers on December 22 in a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
As a free agent Varone left the Flyers to sign a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens on July 3, 2019.
|2017–18||Lehigh Valley Phantoms||AHL||74||23||47||70||36||7||0||3||3||2|
|2018–19||Lehigh Valley Phantoms||AHL||22||11||17||28||6||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Four players headed to arbitration". National Hockey League. July 5, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
- "Sabres acquire four from Senators". Buffalo Sabres. February 27, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
- "Flyers sign Vecchione, Knight and Varone". Philadelphia Flyers. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
- "PHANTOMS' VARONE VOTED AHL MVP". American Hockey League. April 13, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
- "One-year, two-way contract for free agent forward Phil Varone". Montreal Canadiens. July 3, 2019. Retrieved July 3, 2019.