The Flyers have a new direction under new general manager Ron Hextall. This offseason is totally uncharted territory so predicting what the Flyers might do has become increasing more difficult because there is no road map for the first-time general manager.
On Wednesday, the team signed 29-year-old French forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to an NHL contract. It was an interesting and welcomed development as the team found success with the emergence of Michael Raffl last season so maybe adding cheaper foreign players is the way to go to fill out their bottom-six forwards while also keeping their salary cap down under control.
We might be on to something.
The OHL's Oshawa general broadcaster Vishal Hussain cites European sources as saying the Flyers, along with the Devils and Senators, are the front-runners for 22-year-old forward Jiri Sekac. Sekac reportedly has eight NHL offers on the table and is expected to make a decision within the coming days.
TSN's Bob McKenzie reports Sekac indeed has offers,
And there's another free agent we should keep our eye on who most people haven't heard of: a 22-year-old Czech by the name of Jiri Sekac. He went through the NHL Drafts and never got picked up. He was once cut by the Peterborough Petes but he had a strong year in the KHL playing for the Prague team. Right now he has more than a dozen firm offers on a max entry-level deal for two years. He's expected over the next couple of days to make up his mind as to which team. This is a guy who is in great demand. He's a 6'2, 190 pound left winger who many believe is ready to step in NHL-ready.
The Czech forward, who turned 22 on Tuesday, really broke out in 2013-14 for HC Lev Praha. The 6'2", 174 lbs. forward scored 11 goals and added 17 assists for 28 points in 47 regular season games.
I didn't take the "I don't think he's a top-six forward" opinion as any reason not to get excited about the possibility of adding this kid. He is 22-years-old meaning he can still develop into something productive and every team needs bottom-six guys who can produce. Look at the Los Angeles Kings who are getting production from Justin Williams and Dwight King off of their third line and the Chicago Blackhawks third line features Patrick Sharp and Marcus Kruger with Kris Versteeg on the fourth line.
Depth is key but that depth also cannot be expensive in the salary cap era. Overseas talent might be the way to go to ensure depth and cap space.
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