As summer wraps up and the temperatures start to cool (or ramp up again), hockey season is right around the corner.
And with the calendar changing to September, the NHL is ready to start another season.
Flyers Rookie Camp opens on the 14th at the skate zone in Voorhees. The players taking part in a Rookie Series against the Rangers on the 15th and 16th. Those games will take place at the PPL Center in Allentown, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. One week later, training camp opens for the rest of the players on the 21st. The first preseason game takes place on the 25th in Newark against the Devils.
One loose end that the Flyers have to tie up is re-signing Morgan Frost. The restricted free agent has not yet inked a new deal for the upcoming season. He will not be able to attend training camp until a contract is signed. Travis Konecny sat out the first couple of days of training camo back in 2019 before signing a six-year extension. People close to the team say that an agreement is near, as they hope to have it all settled in the coming days.
Rookie Tyson Foerster and several other NHL prospects are taking part in the Rookie Showcase on the 5th. This program is put on by the Players Association and card company Upper Decker. This is used to gather content of players in uniform as well as showcasing the young stars in the league. Foerster was selected 20th overall in the 2020 draft; the forward played eight games for Philadelphia last season. He was the only Flyers player invited this year.
On the other side of the world, Flyers players are once again making headlines in the KHL.
Matvei Michkov, who was the Flyers’ first-round pick in this year’s draft, will get his first start of the season in the KHL on the 6th. Michkov was a healthy scratch in the first two games of the season for SKA St. Petersburg. This infuriated many keyboard warriors on Flyers Twitter, thinking head coach Roman Rotenberg has it out for Michkov. Since he intends to leave Russia after his KHL contract expires in 2027, all Flyers fans can hope for in the meantime is that he develops properly and stays healthy.
Meanwhile, Ivan Fedotov is back in the news again. After the IIHF ruled that Fedotov’s signed an invalid contract with the KHL, they suspended him until January. Fedotov played in CSKA Moscow’s first game of the season, losing 5-2. The KHL stated that they did not justify the IIHF’s ruling when it came out. And they clearly are not going to follow it.
The IIHF has fined the Russian Ice Hockey Federation $5620 for Fedotov playing while suspended. In good news, another Flyers goalie prospect recorded his first shutout in the KHL. Alexei Kolosov was selected in the third round of the 2021 draft. He stopped all 26 shots for Dinamo Minsk in a 7-0 win on Monday.