It is finally over.
Well, one at least.
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On the night before 2019 training camp, Ivan Provorov and the Flyers agreed to a six-year contract with an average annual value of $6.75 million, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia.
TSN's Bob McKenzie and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman first reported the deal.
Provorov, a restricted free agent, had remained unsigned all offseason. Fellow RFA teammate Travis Konecny is the team's lone remaining RFA unsigned.
Provorov's agent Mark Gandler did well earning his client just shy of a $7 million AAV. Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski, a player comparable to Provorov, signed a three-year, $15 million ($5 million AAV) contract on Monday. Werenski is 22 years old, was drafted eighth overall in 2015 and is coming off a 44-point season. Provorov is also 22 years old, was drafted seventh overall in 2015 and is coming off a 26-point season.
However, Provorov has not missed a game throughout his three-year NHL career, has been tasked with No. 1 defenseman responsibilities and delivered in 2017-18, putting up 17 goals, 41 points and a plus-17 mark. Among all NHL defensemen over the past two seasons, Provorov has played the 11th-most minutes per game (24:38), the ninth-most shorthanded minutes (449:51) and has scored the 18th-most goals (24).
It seemed Provorov's camp did not want to go through bridge route and understandably so when you look at the durability above.
Provorov, an expected pillar to the Flyers' defense, is now locked up through the 2024-25 season. He will be the highest-paid Flyers blueliner, ahead of Matt Niskanen ($5.75 million) and Shayne Gostisbehere ($4.5 million).
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