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Quick Hits: Flahr on RFAs, TIFH

August 22, 2019, 11:57 AM ET [60 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Quick Hits: Aug. 22, 2019

1) Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr was a guest on Sirius XM on Wednesday. Most notably, Flahr said that that he is hopeful that both Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny will be under contract by the start of training camp but there remains nothing imminent with either restricted free agent.

Writing in regard to Columbus Blue Jackets unsigned restricted free agent defenseman Zach Werenski, Columbus Dispatch beat writer Brian Hedger cited a source saying that agent Mark Gandler's asking price on a long-term deal for Flyers restricted free agent defenseman Ivan Provorov was in the $10 million range. While that may have been an initial ask, it is so absurdly high as to be a negotiating non-starter. The ballpark AAV figure on a long-term deal more commonly associated with the Provorov side has been closer to the Aaron Ekblad AAV range. That, too, is high but is more workable.

However, as has been noted many times, there is a leaguewide stalemate on the upper end of the RFA markets. Teams and agents alike are waiting for someone else to set the market first. There are reports that Columbus and Werenski's agent have discussed a three-year bridge deal with an AAV between $5 million and $6 million.

From a long-term cap management standpoint. a three-year bridge is potentially problematic. When it ends, the player is not only arbitration-eligible for the next season but is also only one summer away from unrestricted free agency eligibility; leaving the door wide open for a massive overpay. A two-year bridge still ends with the player eligible for arbitration but UFA status is still two seasons away.

2) Today in Flyers History: On Aug. 22, 1985, the Hockey Hall of Fame playing career of Flyers left winger Bill Barber officially came to an end as he announced his retirement. Barber sat out the 1984-85 season after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery. Unfortunately, he was unable to make a return to play. He turned his attention to coaching.

3) Aug. 22 Flyers Alumni birthdays: Mitch Lamoureux (1962), Brayden Schenn (1991), Bruno St.Jacques (1980).
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