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The key dates of the NHL offseason came and went without major action from the Philadelphia Flyers. They picked up seven prospects from the NHL Draft, but their quiet approach to free agency likely indicates they’re finished the majority of their offseason work.

Flyers Development Camp in Vorhees, NJ also gave fans to see the organization’s top prospects as part of an introduction to the organization.

Flyers Development Camp

The Flyers surprised some draft analysts by selecting Jett Luchanko in the first round of the 2024 NHL Draft. They showed off their new prospect during three developmental practice days and a scrimmage on Saturday night.

News that the OHL speedster signed his entry-level contract came out just minutes after he left the ice following the scrimmage.

He’ll return to the Guelph Storm next season before beginning his pro career. 

Matvei Michkov also signed his entry-level contract with the Flyers this week. However, he did not attend Flyers Development Camp because he hasn’t arrived in the United States yet.

The organization expects him to begin training camp on time in September.

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  • NHL Free Agency

    Danny Briere and Keith Jones both publicly mentioned salary cap challenges before free agency began on July 1. The Flyers face significant cap allocation to players who won’t contribute on the NHL roster in 2024-25.

    The dead money handcuffed their free agent budget. They bought out Cam Atkinson on June 28 to add another sunk cost to the list.

    His contract will carry a $2.36 million dead cap hit in 2024-25 and $1.76 million in 2025-26. Atkinson signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on a one-year deal worth $900K.

    The Flyers qualified restricted free agents Bobby Brink and Egor Zamula. They later inked Brink to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million in AAV.

    They also brought back veteran defenseman Erik Johnson on a one-year contract and extended Garnet Hathaway through 2027-28. Johnson played 17 games for the Flyers last season after moving from the Buffalo Sabres ahead of the trade deadline.

    Briere emphasized his value as a veteran who can fill the role Marc Staal played last year helping the development of younger defensemen and likely moving in and out of the lineup.

    Hathaway scored seven goals and added 10 assists in his first season in Philadelphia in 2023-24. He plays a bottom-six role that Briere considers important to the Flyers’ emphasis on becoming “harder to play against” during the rebuild.

    His original free agent contract carries an annual cap hit of $2.375 million through 2024-25, and the extension carries a $2.4 million annual cap hit for two additional seasons. He’ll turn 33 just over a month into the 2024-25 season.

    Daniel Brière of the Philadelphia Flyers is seen prior to round one of the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bridgestone Arena on June 28, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • Flyers Development Camp

    The Flyers host Development Camp every summer to give their prospects a chance to get acclimated to the organization, especially the ones who will play the upcoming season on loan in another organization.

    Jett Luchanko drew the most attention only a few days after his big moment in the first round of the 2024 NHL Draft in Las Vegas. 

    He spoke about how he won’t lean on draft pedigree in his development in pursuit of an NHL career.

    “The draft doesn’t change the way that I see things or go about my business. Me, I’m always just trying to work hard every single day, and I think good things come from that. So I’m not really worried about where I went (in the draft), I’m just kind of worried (about) getting to work and getting started.” -Jett Luchanko

    Oliver Bonk and Denver Barkey, 2023 picks and teammates with the London Knights, demonstrated their progress as two of the more assertive prospects on the ice in Vorhees. While neither player is likely to make his NHL debut in 2024-25, the Flyers consider both a part of their long-term future.

    The new Flyers front office has placed a heavy emphasis on development since their tenure began. They’ve invested heavily in former NHL players to steer the ship.

    John LeClair, Patrick Sharp, Sami Kapanen, Bill Barber, Jason Smith, Sam Morin, Nick Schultz, and Riley Armstrong were among the impressive list of former NHL players who made an appearance to welcome the next crop of professionals.

    Camp standout and 2024 fifth-round pick Noah Powell commented on how the presence of respected former NHLers helps show young prospects, mostly in their teenage years, how to carry themselves.

    Powell controlled the puck impressively with an aggressive approach in Saturday’s scrimmage. He’s overcome a hearing impairment in his hockey career, and he’ll continue the admirable climb at Ohio State University next season.

    Colin Newby on X (formerly Twitter): "Flyers 1st-round pick Jett Luchanko just minutes after signing his 3-year Entry-Level Contract / X"

    Flyers 1st-round pick Jett Luchanko just minutes after signing his 3-year Entry-Level Contract

  • Matvei Michkov Contract

    Matvei Michkov Mania continues. The Flyers signed the Russian phenom that’s captivating their entire fan base to a three-year entry-level contract worth $950K in AAV.

    According to Cap Friendly, the deal includes performance bonuses that can drive up his total earnings exponentially. The Flyers likely considered the overall expenses of the buyout of his KHL contract in the negotiations.

    Michkov continues to inject life into a fan base that desperately needs it. The enchantment of the mystery prospect represents hope that hasn’t been present in the organization in recent seasons.

  • NHL Schedule Release

    The NHL also released its schedule for the 2024-25 season on July 2.

    The Flyers will open the regular season against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday, Oct. 11. It’ll kick off a four-game road trip to Western Canada and Seattle.

    The home opener at the Wells Fargo Center will take place Saturday, Oct. 19 when the Canucks travel back to Philadelphia.

    The highly-anticipated matchups against the Anaheim Ducks will fall just two weeks apart. The Flyers will (presumably) face Cutter Gauthier for the first time on Saturday, Dec. 28 for a 4pm (EST) puck drop.

    The Ducks will travel east to face the Flyers on Saturday, Jan. 11. Expect the wrath of the Wells Fargo Center crowd to reflect the expectations Dan Hilferty spoke about after the trade.

    The Flyers have a 13-day break in between games on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22 for the NHL 4 Nations Face-Off. They finish up the 2024-25 regular-season schedule in Buffalo on April 17.

    Cutter Gauthier #61 of the Anaheim Ducks, playing in his first career NHL game, skates against the Vegas Golden Knights in the first period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on April 18, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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