With less than a week before the open negotiation period opens to free agents, the Flyers are nearing a deal with Kevin Hayes. According to a report from TSN's Bob McKenzie, the deal will be for seven years and worth $50 million, an average annual value of $7.14 million.
One day after they acquired defenseman Matt Niskanen from the Capitals for Radko Gudas, they officially placed defenseman Andrew MacDonald on waivers for purposes of a buyout. MacDonald is expected to clear waivers and have the contract bought out, making him a free agent.
The Flyers are holding out hope that Niskanen’s on-ice performance improves to form while his off-ice intangibles serve as the immediate value. Niskanen has gone the distance with a team before. He’s been the veteran in a group of young defensemen. He’s had to be a leader, saying on Friday that he “grew into” the role.
According to reports, the Flyers will open the 2019-20 season with a European trip. While speculation is that the team will play in Prague, Czech Republic, no further details have been confirmed. The location and opponent is to be announced. An official announcement is set for March 21.