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Why there's no rush for Flyers to extend Travis Konecny

Why there's no rush for Flyers to extend Travis Konecny
Published On: Tue, Jun 12
Sep 21, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Travis Konecny (80) during a preseason game against the New York Islanders at PPL Center. The Flyers defeated the Islanders, 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, weA presented the caseA for the Flyers to extend Ivan Provorov this summer rather than waiting until 2019. Today, wea€™re looking at fellow 2015 draftee Travis Konecny.

With Provorov and Konecny entering the final years of their entry-level contracts, the Flyers can sign them to new deals when the new NHL calendar year begins on July 1. At his end-of-season news conference, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall did not appear to be in a rush to do so.

That said, Hextall also didna€™t shut down the possibility. By studying Hextalla€™s previous contracts, he likes to sign players before their contracts expire. If a player reaches unrestricted free agency, ita€™s because the Flyers have decided to move on. Once he identifies a player he wants to re-sign, he has moved fast to lock them up. Provorov and Konecny are a little different.

Both are scheduled to be restricted free agents next summer and ita€™s fair to say neither will actually reach RFA. Theya€™re both keyA blocks to what the Flyers are building. With both, ita€™s just a matter of what type of contract they sign next and whether they do it now or later. Leta€™s dive in.

What hea€™s done

After an up-and-down rookie campaign that included benchings, Konecny blossomed into an established scorer in the NHL during his sophomore season. He finished with 24 goals and 47 points in 81 games in 2017-18, but his turning point came Dec. 23 in Columbus when he was elevated to the first line. In his next 46 games, Konecny scored 20 goals and 37 points and saw his plus/minus climb from minus-2 to plus-19. During a 23-game span between Dec. 28 and Feb. 18, Konecny had 11 goals and 24 points with five multi-point games and six game-winners.

Konecny showed improvements defensively from his rookie year to his sophomore season, though further advancement will be required in 2018-19. He learned to reel back the high risks in his game but still showed a willingness to take risks. During his end-of-season news conference, Konecny said he believes high-risk plays are required if he wants to be a high-end player. He also gained the trust of coach Dave Hakstol, who provided the second-year player a longer leash.A 

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