Adam Ginning Signs Sophmore Contract With Flyers

Flyers' GM Daniel Briere, Laperrière
FILE – Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team newly appointed Special Assistant to the General Manager, Daniel Briere, arrives for a news conference in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. The Flyers have named long-time television analyst Keith Jones team president of hockey operations and have removed the interim tag from general manager Danny Briere’s title. Jones was a surprise choice Thursday, May 11, 2023, after he spent the last 23 years as an analyst for Flyers telecasts on NBC Sports Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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On Monday afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers announced a second-round selection will be sticking around for a second NHL contract. Adam Ginning, 24, was selected 50th overall by Philadelphia at the 2018 NHL entry draft. The Swedish defenseman received a NHL/AHL two-way contract that will see him receive NHL-level compensation for his contributions to the Philadelphia Flyers organization.

Despite playing most of his time in the American Hockey League with Lehigh Valley during his entry-level deal, Adam Ginning impressed Daniel Briere’s staff enough to stick around the Delaware Valley heading into next season and beyond. 

Ginning Provides Limited NHL, Valuable AHL Experience to Flyers

Adam Ginning has skated in 10 NHL games and did not appear overwhelmed by the experience. The Flyers did not allow a goal at 5-on-5 with Ginning on the ice during his brief NHL stint. Ginning scored his first NHL goal at the end of the NHL season on April 6 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Flyers' Poehling, Hathaway, Cates celebrate.
Philadelphia Flyers’ Ryan Poehling celebrates his goal with Garnet Hathaway (19) and Noah Cates (27) in front of Boston Bruins’ David Pastrnak during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Ginning’s main experience comes from 126 games played in the AHL for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms since 2023. The 6-foot-4, left-handed defenseman provided 34 points for the Phantoms over the two seasons while posting a +15 plus/minus statistic.  That positive number shows that the Swedish-born blueliner has not been a liability in the 5-on-5 game for the Phantoms. 

Sophomore Contract for Swede

Flyers fans should not lose sleep over the second contract awarded to Adam Ginning. The $800K AAV, or average annual value, of the contract is minimal by NHL standards. According to the Philadelphia Flyers website, General Manager Daniel Briere should have the ability to send Ginning down the the AHL if needed on the two-way contract in 2024-25.  

That flexibility was likely important in negotiations for the Flyers with some major names like Cam York, Nick Seeler, and Travis Sanheim already occupying the left-handed opportunities on the NHL blueline. However, with a good appearance at training camp this September, it is not out of the question for Ginning to find his way into the back end of the Flyers blueline. 

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