Just four days after having signed Ivan Provorov to a six-year contract, the Philadelphia Flyers were back at it on Monday, signing Travis Konecny to a six-year contract.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Frank Seravalli, Konecny, 22, will receive a total salary of $33 million. In addition to that, as per the release from general manager and president Chuck Fletcher, the restricted free agent forward will receive an AAV of $5.5 million.
Konecny’s contract is set to take him through the 2024-25 regular season, a lifetime in which the third-liner will look to bolster the Flyers forward depth. He will also be looking to make a greater impact on the ice as well. This not only being defensively, but picking things up with production offensively.
In taking a look now at Konecny’s statistics for the 2018-2019 regular season, the Canadian native of London, Ontario scored 24 goals and 25 assists, making for 49 points registered in a total of 82 games played. He also added 40 penalty minutes and a Plus/Minus rating of -4.
As for the entirety of his NHL career as a whole, the newly signed winger has scored 59 goals and 65 assists, making for 124 points registered in a total of 233 games played. He has also added 135 penalty minutes through three seasons completed in the National Hockey League.
Konecny, who’s on-ice presence could spark a leadership come Opening Night, is a former first-round draft pick (24th overall) by the Flyers at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. With this deal now in the books, as according to Kevin Kinkead of CrossingBroad.com, Konecny becomes the seventh-highest paid player on the Flyers behind Claude Giroux. Also on this list is Jakub Voráček, Kevin Hayes, James van Riemsdyk, Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen.
Going into his fourth season as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Travis Konecny made his NHL debut at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. This after spending one season with the Leigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League.
In a statement from Konecny himself after joining the Flyers at training camp on Tuesday, he said, “I’m really excited about signing with the Flyers and being able to call Philadelphia home for the next six years. I can’t wait to get back with my teammates and to start a new relationship with the coaching staff. It’s on me now to work hard and make up for the couple days I wasn’t able to be here.”
As for the thoughts of Chuck Fletcher who then spoke out about what Konecny provides, he said, “We are happy to have Travis under contract for the next six seasons. Travis has shown progression in each of his three seasons and is an integral part of our group of young forwards. His speed, skill and tenacity sets him apart in today’s NHL.”
According to Charlie O’Connor, Flyers beat writer for The Athletic Philadelphia, Konecny and his camp had little interest in a short-term bridge deal to get an extension done. Furthermore, it turned the focus of discussions to bridging the monetary gap on a long-term extension.
While the restricted free agent board continues to clear with just two weeks left, Travis Konecny becomes the latest piece, a signing that fits and in more ways than one. Given his annual average value, as mentioned by Kevin Kinkead of CrossingBroad.com, it adds him to a long list of players such as Nick Foligno ($5.5M,) Bo Horvat ($5.5M) and Gabriel Landeskog ($5.57M).
With training camp up ahead with players such as Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, etc., there is potential within the locker room for Konecny to be the new role model for the youngsters. Preseason games will also allow Konecny to connect with the new coaching staff and improve on his game.
Speaking of which, talking coaches with the addition of Alain Vigneault, he spoke with NBC Sports Philadelphia on Tuesday, saying the Flyers are shooting for Konecny to make his preseason debut Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Furthermore when speaking about his excitement to have Travis Konecny, Vigneault said, “Happy to see him, he’s happy to be here. In talking to him briefly, I know he wanted to be here, just an issue sometimes. But he’s here, we’re happy to have him. Now let’s get to work and get caught up here.”
In speaking in terms of training camp with regards to a gamely routine, Vigneault said, “He’s going to skate [Wednesday] with our skills coach. He’s got video sessions planned as far as catching up to what he’s missed. That will permit him to practice on Thursday, practice on Friday and in theory it should be the same amount of time.”
In taking a look at some notable achievements that Konecny has established in the NHL thus far, the right-handed shooter, who currently weighs in at 5’10, 175 pounds, finished third on the team in goals (24), while his 49 points ranked fourth on the Flyers. In addition to that, Konecny ranks seventh among all players in the 2015 NHL Draft Class in goals (59) and ninth in overall points (124). Given his statistics from last season, it increased the overall point total that he has achieved thus far into his career.
In breaking down last season with regards to his performance even further, Konecny posted a new career high in assists (25) and points (49), while also tying his career-best in goals (24).
This being said, Konecny has the potential to be an everyday starter if he can remain healthy while if consistent, has the chance to become a 30-goal scorer and league leader as well. Speaking of consistency over the course of the last two seasons, Konecny has appeared in 163 out of 164 possible games, meanwhile, he has only missed 13 since being recalled in 2016-17.
When asked about the off-time he had between general offseason and contract discussions, Konecny said, “I’ll be ready. I didn’t miss too much time, I did a lot of work on my own when I wasn’t here. I think we’ve got a great group here that’s going to pick everybody up. They’re helping me a lot and just going to make sure we’re ready for when the puck drops.”
Following their 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers return to action on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Centre as they play host to the Boston Bruins at 7:00pmET. The game can be seen on NBCSports, New England Sports Network and NHL Network, meanwhile, it can be heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.