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Predicting Travis Konecny's contract with Flyers

Predicting Travis Konecny's contract with Flyers

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jordan Hall and Brooke Destra.

The topic: Predictions for restricted free agent forward Travis Konecny's contract.

Hall

Let's go bridge deal, which would really behoove Konecny.

The 22-year-old hasn't quite blossomed yet, putting up back-to-back 24-goal seasons. But he clearly has 30-goal potential and his role is only going to grow with the Flyers.

A shorter deal now wouldn't allow the Flyers to sign Konecny at a long-term bargain before he reaches his full potential. Think Sean Couturier's contract as an example of that — the Flyers knew his upside and signed Couturier to a six-year, $26 million deal before the center had ever scored more than 15 goals or 40 points in a season. Now it's a steal and an incredible investment.

A bridge contract just makes sense for both sides here. The Flyers get a chance to see more from Konecny before committing long term and the 2015 first-round pick can earn himself much more with better opportunity and continued growth.

How about a three-year deal with an AAV in the $4 million range? Good value for both parties and Konecny will just be turning 25 when he can truly cash in.

Destra

Konecny has an abundance of potential but still needs to prove himself in many ways, which is why a bridge deal seems like the way to go for the 22-year-old.

There are many positives that we’ve seen in his three professional seasons (speed, ability to drive the net and A-plus chirping) and with a few adjustments, he’s going to become a player no one wants to be matched up against.

The main things that are worrying, though, are his frequent turnovers, especially in the neutral zone, and how his performance only seems to steady when playing on a line with some of the top players on the team (Claude Giroux and Couturier).

He will be a leader eventually. It’s just going to take some more time. 

Konecny is a key to bringing success for the Flyers for years to come but a bridge deal now will allow him to grow without the pressure of a larger contract. 

Like Jordan, I also see a three-year deal with an AAV around $3-4 million. He can grow into the player we’re expecting him to be.  

Let him find his confidence to push his game to new levels that he has yet to reach. Let that happen and not only will he find himself deserving of a larger contract by the time he’s 25, but the Flyers will also have one of the strongest wingers in the league. Just wait and see.

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Flyers Talk podcast: NHL hub cities, free agency, more

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On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall analyze the team's decisions for free agency and the playoffs.

From roster talk to the latest on the 24-team tournament, let's dive in:

0:45 — The latest on where the Flyers might play

4:15 — July is much different this time around

7:00 — Will the Flyers re-sign Derek Grant and Justin Braun?

21:20 — Keep an eye on Morgan Frost

26:00 — What to expect from Nate Thompson

30:15 — Appreciating Sean Couturier's faceoff excellence

36:35 — Katie's birthday is Monday, July 6!

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A day to celebrate as Flyers' Oskar Lindblom completes radiation treatments

A day to celebrate as Flyers' Oskar Lindblom completes radiation treatments

Alain Vigneault marveled at Oskar Lindblom's selflessness and strength.

Back in December, the Flyers' head coach told a story about Lindblom checking in on teammate Travis Konecny, who suffered a concussion that month from a hard hit.

Lindblom was in the middle of undergoing tests at the University of Pennsylvania.

"With everything that is going on, he texted T.K. to find out how his head was going because of the concussion," Vigneault said Dec. 17. "That’s just the type of young man that we have — strong, he’s like the hockey community, he’s going to have a lot of support and he’s going to get through this."

On Thursday, we saw a culmination of the strength and support. A little over six and a half months after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones, Lindblom rung a bell on the 5th floor of the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital to signify the completion of his radiation treatments.

The Flyers' 23-year-old forward hugged his girlfriend Alma Lindqvist, who shared pictures on her Instagram account with the caption: "MY LOVE IS CANCER FREE."

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Lindblom, a humble native of Sweden with a bright smile, thanked all the medical professionals and gave them a signed jersey. He expressed his gratitude for everyone who has supported his fight.

From family to friends to fans, I can't even explain how much that meant to me," Lindblom said to Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "Especially in the start, it was a rough time and I got all those kind words, it made me feel so much better and calm — it was a real help along the way, that's for sure.

"I can't even explain how I feel. It feels like I'm having my birthday, Christmas and all those holidays at the same time. It just feels awesome to be done. I can't wait to just get back to normal life again and start to feel like I'm living.


I can't say enough about this young man. Everyone can see the talent and impact that Oskar has had for us on the ice, but he is an outstanding teammate in our locker room and a genuinely good person. His attitude and strength through all of this is a tremendous inspiration for us all. Today is a great day. Congrats to Oskar. We look forward to having him rejoin our team in the near future.

- Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher

Oskar Lindblom with nurses at Penn Medicine. (Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

Oskar Lindblom with his head nurse Laetitia Simeral. (Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

The Flyers, the city of Philadelphia and the entire hockey community has rallied behind Lindblom since his diagnosis in December. "Oskar Strong" shirts by Biscuit Tees have been worn around the world. During a game in January, Lindblom received a heartwarming standing ovation at the Wells Fargo Center.

Everyone was standing for him as he rang that bell on Thursday. Lindblom was left smiling — and saying thank you.

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