On Tuesday, Daniel Briere made his first main commerce on the helm of the Philadelphia Flyers by sending franchise stalwart Ivan Provorov to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a three-team deal that included the Los Angeles Kings.
The commerce addressed a necessity for all three events, because the rebuilding Flyers achieve future belongings, the Kings get cap reduction and Columbus walks away with one of many NHL’s most sturdy defensemen.
Provorov’s departure means the Orange and Black have lastly given up on him as the highest choice on their blueline after seven seasons and greater than 500 video games. The Russian as soon as gave the impression to be the reply in that place however has discovered his degree as a stable top-four choice.
Provorov will stroll into the primary unit of an abysmal Blue Jackets’ again finish that gave up 330 objectives final season, second-most within the NHL behind solely the Anaheim Geese.
The 26-year-old has missed simply three video games throughout his NHL profession because of COVID-19 protocols. He has been as wholesome as any participant within the NHL and has given the Flyers 20 minutes evening in and evening out since his rookie season in 2016-17.
Los Angeles goaltender Cal Petersen will go to Philadelphia, and the Kings will retain 30 p.c of Provorov’s $6.75 AAV contract by way of 2025.
Petersen has had a nightmarish time for the reason that Kings swung and missed on his three-year, $15 million extension two offseasons in the past. He spent all however 10 video games of the 2022-23 season with the AHL Ontario Reign. Paying Provorov to play elsewhere might be value jettisoning Petersen’s $5 million wage for GM Rob Blake.
The Kings additionally despatched 28-year-old defenseman Sean Walker to Philadelphia as a part of the commerce. Walker is within the ultimate season of a contract that pays him $2.65 million AAV. He averaged over 14 minutes an evening with a -3 score on L.A.’s backside pair in 2022-23.
The remainder of the Flyers’ haul from the commerce continues to be a thriller, however given Provorov’s worth and the wage the group absorbed from Los Angeles, they need to achieve main draft capital.