VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers on Monday signed undrafted free agent forward Roman Lyubimov to an entry-level contract. It's a one-year, two-way deal worth $925,000 if he makes the Flyers' roster, according to CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio.
Lyubimov, 24, has spent the last six seasons playing in the KHL for CSKA Moscow. He can play both center and left wing.
"He's a big guy, he skates well," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "He plays a solid, two-way game. Kind of an up-and-downer. We've had our eye on him for a couple years, but he kind of really popped at the World Championships this past year.
"We feel like he adds depth to the organization. We'll see what he does in training camp. He's a role type of player, I don't necessarily think he's going to be on your first power-play (unit), but he's a hard worker. He goes to the net. He scores some dirty goals."
In 2015-16, the Russian registered seven goals and seven assists in 52 games. He added four goals and eight points in 15 playoff games.
A 6-foot-2, 207-pound forward, Lyubimov represented Russia at the 2016 World Championships, helping Team Russia to a bronze medal.
He potted four goals and eight points in 10 tournament games.
In six KHL seasons, Lyubimov had 34 points in 185 games.
Like Evgeny Medvedev last season, the Flyers are taking a low risk in signing Lyubimov. Medvedev didn't work out as planned, and went back to Russia this past weekend.
Lyubimov figures to compete for a bottom-six role come training camp in September and could provide depth with the Phantoms.