Instant analysis: Flyers sign veteran Chris Stewart after professional tryout

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It’s been a long few weeks for NHL veteran Chris Stewart. The 31-year old has been on a professional tryout with the Philadelphia Flyers for some time now, but that comes to an end today, with reports citing that the former first-round pick will sign a one-way contract.

Stewart has most recently played in the EIHL for the Nottingham Panthers, where he potted 13 points in 23 games. His last NHL experience came one year before tha, splitting time between the Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames respectively, playing in 53 games total.

Stewart will provide some added depth to a Flyers team that loves to rotate all four lines, as evidenced by the opening few games of the season that has seen the likes of Oskar Lindblom making major contributions. He projects to be a 13th-forward with the possibility to chip in on that fourth line that currently consists of younger talent. Leadership in key situations here will be huge and is something Vigneault preaches. After spending nearly a month with the team, it’s clear he’s settled in and should be able to hit the ground running…or ice skating?

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