J.P. Barry says his client, forward Jordan Weal, still wants to be a Flyer and that the two sides aren’t worlds apart in re-signing.
“We’re still negotiating with Hexy,” Barry said Sunday morning of general manager Ron Hextall. “Not that far off.”
Both sides reportedly have agreed on term – length of the deal – but not the money.
Vegas can make an offer on the unrestricted free agent but indications are the Golden Knights aren’t leaning that way.
It’s possible Hextall already has an agreement in place with Vegas to lay off Weal for something else that’s coming in the week ahead (see full Flyers' protected list).
Barry didn’t deny Sunday that he would like to better gauge Weal’s market value by waiting until July 1 but said his client is very happy as a Flyer and would prefer re-signing here.
“He likes Philly still and hopefully, we will still get a contract done before July 1,” Barry said.
The 25-year-old Weal was part of the Luke Schenn-Vinny Lecavalier deal with Los Angeles in January 2016. He got his chance this past season when Travis Konecny suffered a knee and ankle injury in February against St. Louis.
The Flyers discovered that Weal could be a productive player and move around the lineup. He plays above his size and impressed the coaching staff with his tenacity.
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol used Weal on Valtteri Filppula's line with Wayne Simmonds toward the end of the season. The line showed productivity and chemistry. Weal had four goals and six points in 10 games with that unit to finish off the season.
Weal had eight goals, 12 points in 23 games overall.