Well, Chuck Fletcher won't have to worry about re-signing Ryan Hartman.
That's because the Flyers' general manager traded the restricted free agent on Monday to the Stars in exchange for forward Tyler Pitlick.
"Tyler is a hard-working, versatile player who will bring speed, energy and a competitive edge to our team," Fletcher said in a release by the team.
Hartman, 24, was acquired at the Feb. 25 deadline in the Wayne Simmonds trade. The Flyers also received a 2020 fourth-round pick in that deal. Hartman, a 2013 first-round pick, scored six points (two goals, four assists) in 19 games with the Flyers. He was set to play winger on the third of fourth line in 2019-20. Fletcher last week did not rule out the chance of a prospect taking a third-line winger spot in training camp.
Pitlick, a 27-year-old who can play center or winger, is 6-foot-2, 201 pounds and appeared in only 47 games last season because of wrist surgery in February. He finished with 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in 2018-19. His best season came in 2017-18, when he scored 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 80 games with Dallas.
"I'm a physical, north-skating player," Pitlick said, via Flyers public relations. "I can score and make plays when I get the chance. I'm going to be physical and I'm going to create energy and compete as hard as I can."
Pitlick is on the final year of a three-year contract with a cap hit of $1 million. The move could help the Flyers slightly with the cap. There's a chance Hartman could have received more than $1 million on his new deal, and for more than one year. Pitlick will be off the books after 2019-20 if the Flyers decide they don't want to re-sign him. According to CapFriendly.com, the Flyers have a little over $17 million in cap space.
Fletcher still needs to handle four of the Flyers' remaining restricted free agents and figure out the team's backup goalie situation (see story).
In a span of 11 days, Fletcher has parted ways with Radko Gudas, Andrew MacDonald and Hartman, signed Kevin Hayes, traded for Matt Niskanen, Justin Braun and Pitlick, re-signed Travis Sanheim and drafted seven new Flyers prospects.
Busy times, indeed.
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