Flyers extend Tippett eight years

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Flyers' Owen Tippett
Philadelphia Flyers’ Owen Tippett reacts after scoring his third goal in an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Friday, March 17, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Owen Tippett better love roast pork and cheesesteaks because he’ll be with the Philadelphia Flyers (25-18-6) through the 2031-2032 season.

Elliotte Friedman was the first to report that Tippett and the Flyers agreed to an eight-year extension between $6mil-$6.5mil, eventually confirmed at $6.2mil/AAV. The total contract value is $49.6mil.

Tippett was in the final season of a 2yr/$3mil deal offered by Chuck Fletcher. He found a new gear in his second season in Philadelphia, totaling 30 points (18G, 12A) in 46 games, but is on the injured reserve list, likely to return after the 2024 NHL All-Star Break. Before suffering a minor lower-body injury, Tippett was red hot with six points (4G, 2A) in his last five games.

Before his injury during the loss to the Colorado Avalanche, Tippett was on pace to earn 30 goals. He could accomplish the feat. A couple of hours before the opening faceoff versus the Ottawa Senators, Tippett did test himself on the ice. He didn’t play and then was designated to the injured reserve.

His skill set points to everything the Flyers sorely missed. He is a sniper, and with speed, he can be very dangerous in the offensive zone. Tippett zips through defenses and picks off goaltenders. On the rush, where Philadelphia does generate a lot of high-danger scoring chances, Tippett can be as dangerous as Travis Konecny, an NHL All-Star.

Paid to play like a power forward, Tippett assumed his role and thrived thus far under John Tortorella:

“He [Tippett] has the chance to be something special and I think he just feels good about his game. [He’s] hitting the net more with his shot. I haven’t seen a goal like that. I’ve seen a lot of good goals. I haven’t seen one of those in quite a while.”

John Tortorella; 1/18/2024

In his first complete season, 2022-2023, with the Flyers, Tippett tallied 49 points (27G, 22A) in 77 games. He arrived at the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline when the Florida Panthers traded him, a 2023 third-round pick (Denver Barkey), and a 2024 first-round for Claude Giroux, German Rubtsov, Connor Bunnaman, and a 2024 fifth-round pick.

“Getting traded here last year gave me a new opportunity and a fresh start. It’s been great so far, and I love playing in Philly.”

Owen Tippett; 3/17/2023

Next season, Tippett will be the third-highest paid skater in Philadelphia behind Sean Couturier ($7.75mil/AAV) and Travis Sanheim ($6.25mil/AAV).

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)