Coming into this season’s free agency window, the Flyers had the third lowest cap hit of the 32 teams in the league – only behind the Washington Capitals, who were in the red, and the Golden Knights, who have been known to “cheat” the system using the LTIR loophole.

So the Flyers were not financially able to sign big-name talent like former Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who signed a 4-year 8 million AAV contract with Nashville.

The Flyers signed seven players after the free agency window opened.

The team re-signed veteran defenseman Erik Johnson to a one-year, one-million-dollar deal. Johnson played 17 games for the Flyers last season after coming here at the trade deadline from Buffalo. Philadelphia also re-signed Garnet Hathaway to a two-year, 2.4 million annual salary. In Hathaway’s first season in Philly, he played all 82 games, scoring 17 points.

While the two players the Flyers gave qualifying offers to before the deadline also resigned.

Yegor Zamula and Bobby Brink both signed two-year contracts.

Zamula’s is worth 1.7 a year, while Brink will make 1.5 a year. Zamula played 66 games last season, scoring 21 points. Meanwhile, Brink split time between Philadelphia and Allentown, playing 57 games for the Flyers and recording 23 points. Philadelphia also signed their first-round draft pick, Jett Luchanko, to an entry-level deal for three years worth 975 thousand annually.

One new face on the team is center Anthony Richard, who signed a two-year contract worth 775 thousand a year. Richard was originally drafted by the Predators 100th overall in 2015 and spent time with the Canadians and Bruins before coming to Philadelphia. He will most likely spend next season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The biggest signing has to be Matvei Michkov, who signed a three-year entry-level contract worth 995 thousand annually. The Russian phenom is expected to make an immediate impact on the team.
The Michkov hype is so intense that the team store is already selling Michkov merch.

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