By Jenny Masters
The Athletic has teed up the worst contracts the Flyers have to deal with:
Ivan Provorov: Provorov’s unquestionably been thrust into a tough spot — he’s the workhorse No. 1 on a bad team, without a high-end partner. There’s a good chance he can bounce back in a friendlier environment, especially since he’s played at a legitimate top-pair level in some of his previous seasons. There’s a plausible scenario he can be worth every penny of his contract. This season, however, Provorov didn’t handle the challenging workload very well. The Flyers were thoroughly outplayed with Provorov on the ice and he scored just 27 points, the second-worst points-per-game rate of his seven-year career.
Kevin Hayes scored 54 points but was a defensive drag to the point that John Tortorella had to move him to the wing. That’s not ideal for a player making north of $7 million.
Joel Farabee only scored 39 points but he’s only 23, still seemed to be feeling the effects of an offseason neck injury and finished the season strong. He’ll be totally fine.
Tony DeAngelo packed a legitimate offensive punch with 42 points in 70 games but that value was erased by his abysmal and completely unreliable defensive play.