Finally, some signs hockey is returning, as Rookie Camp opens tomorrow. The Flyers will have some positional battles up for grabs this season, and this training camp might be the most anticipated in years. Without further delay, here are answers to your questions.
Carsen Twarynski ceiling is a bottom-nine player. However, in the event of injury, he could fill into a top-six role temporarily. Twarynski gives a little more than energy. He can pot some goals, as Twarynski potted 10 in his first professional season last year. Twarynski just needs a little more time with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to work on his consistency. There were periods of time last season where he scored in bunches, but then Twarynski was unheard from for a period of time.
I like Twarynski. Like you said he’s an energy guy and one that the Flyers could use in the future. Twarynski should be more than capable of receiving a call-up eventually from the big club this season in the event of injury.
This spot is being held for Samuel Morin. The Flyers need toughness and grit, and Morin can provide that at times. In addition, I think Morin would be claimed off waivers, as he is no longer waiver exempt. Robert Hagg might have a shot at being claimed off waivers, but I think it’s a higher probability that Morin gets plucked off of waivers, than Hagg.
At the end of the day, both of these young men have to perform at training camp, and in the preseason. Hagg will have every shot at making this club, just like Morin. It will be an interesting battle for sure, and one that the fans will enjoy seeing.
A player coming off contract who’s accrued fewer than seven seasons in the league or is younger than 27 is going to be an RFA. As long as an RFA is tendered a qualifying offer by their team, that team holds their exclusive negotiating rights. If they don’t receive a qualifying offer, they become a UFA.
The only way for an RFA to sign with a team other than the one who holds their rights is to be presented with, and sign, an offer sheet. An offer sheet is basically a contract that the team holding the negotiating rights has the right to match if they so choose.
With that being said, Travis Konecny or Ivan Provorov can sign a KHL contract if they remained unsigned by December 1st. If they elected to play overseas they can do so, but they would still be an RFA if they decided to return to the NHL until the age of 27.
Andreas Athanasiou was going to play in the KHL if the Detroit Red Wings didn’t re-sign him. Moreover, Stars Forward Valeri Nichushkin signed a two-year contract with CSKA Moscow of the KHL because he didn’t want to play for a Head Coach in Lindy Ruff. There are options for Provorov and Konecny to play overseas if they so choose.
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