An Update on Flyers Restricted Free Agents Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton

Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher has three restricted free agents to re-sign.

Arguably the biggest one, Ivan Provorov, could take some time for both parties to settle on a new contract, a scenario that seemed inevitable with the way the NHL offseason is unfolding, specifically restricted free agency.

Provorov is a 22-year-old foundational piece for the Flyers' blue line. The 2015 seventh overall draft pick looks poised for a long-term deal and significant raise, despite not looking totally like himself in 2018-19 following a breakout 2017-18 season.

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Why could re-signing him take a while?

Because the RFA market can turn into a stalemate as others want to wait and see which contracts are signed to use them as leverage or a framework in negotiations.

Some notable restricted free-agent defensemen still need new deals: Jacob Trouba, Zach Werenski, Charlie McAvoy and Neal Pionk.

Fletcher said negotiations with Provorov's camp have been "amicable."

"I spoke with Mark Gandler (Provorov's agent) just a few days ago, everything is cordial and amicable," Fletcher said. "But I think until the market settles out a bit, it may be difficult to move forward on Provorov."

Provorov, who had a cap hit of $894,167 in 2018-19 with an AAV of $1,744,167 on his previous deal, didn't sound worried about his new contract after the season.

"I love everything here," he said in April. "Love the guys and love the organization and everything about Philadelphia. It's not going to be a problem."

Forwards Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton are the Flyers' other RFAs. Could the 22-year-old Konecny be in line for a bridge deal? Possibly. For Laughton, he has an arbitration hearing set for July 30. The Flyers very well could get something done with the 25-year-old center before then.

"Konecny, we've had some good conversations and we'll continue to work at it," Fletcher said. "Obviously Scott Laughton is a different situation because we have an arbitration case scheduled for the end of the month, so one way or the other, that will get done in the next few weeks here. That's a little bit more of a front-burner issue just because we have that date scheduled. When you have tight deadlines like that, it certainly leads to more communication. 

"I expect as the summer goes on, we'll continue to chip away at this, the market will continue to flesh out as we go and we'll get there; we'll get there by the end."

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