Instant analysis: Flyers issue qualifying offers to four players

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It’s been a wild week for the Flyers and the train is showing no signs of slowing down. The team announced today that they have issued qualifying offers to four players. This means that they retain their negotiating rights and the all-important contracts are likely just around the corner.

Travis Koncecny

Koncecny (along with Provorov) was the name everyone has been waiting to see signed to a new deal and it’s probably going to be a big one.

After posting a career high in both points and assists last season, while raising that bar in goals (scoring 24), Koncecny was invaluable to the Flyers last year, showing versatility by playing on both wings and also helped chip in on the team’s power-play unit. The 22-year old has plenty of grit in his play and should be a Flyer for years to come.

Ivan Provorov

Provorov averaged 25 minutes on-ice per game last year, leading the Flyers in that category by quite the margin. This alone shows how valuable Provy has become to this team. His 30 goals and 67 assists in three years speak for themselves and he’s yet to actually miss a game for any reason.

Nicholas Abe-Kubel

After being recalled to the Flyers in October, Abe-Kubel appeared in nine games for the Flyers, averaging 5:35 of ice time. He was always regarded as a ‘lock’ to receive a call-up out of Summer camp this year and this all but confirms the confidence placed on him by the team.

Abe-Kubel played in 54 games for the Phantoms last year, scoring 30 points.

Scott Laughton

And finally, the team have issued a qualifying offer to Scott Laughton, who has been with the team for six years now, scoring 79 points in 272 games.

The 24-year old played on the third line last year and enjoyed a mean streak toward the end of the season. The center scored six points in ten games, with all four goals coming in a five-game window. Recording new career-highs across the board and appearing in all 82 games, it’s not hard to see why the team prioritized his return.

The Flyers did not offer qualifying offers to forward Justin Bailey, or defenseman Jacob Graves.


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