The Philadelphia Flyers sent qualifying offers to seven of their eight restricted free agents earlier this offseason, and now two have filed for salary arbitration. Forward Taylor Leier and goaltender Alex Lyon have exercised their right to file for arbitration.
Filing for arbitration is a formality for most players. The player and team will still be able to negotiate up until the arbitration date. If they don’t agree to a deal, the two sides will meet with an arbitrator who will decide the player’s contract. A player is eligible for salary arbitration after their fourth year in the NHL. This also means that no other teams can offer sheet them.
Taylor Leier had five points in 39 games last season with the Flyers. He has seven points in 55 career games. He will likely be fighting for a spot on the fourth line in training camp.
Alex Lyon had a 7-4-2 record with the Flyers last season, compiling a .905 save percentage and 2.75 goals against average. He was 16-8-2 with a .913 save percentage and 2.75 goals against average in the AHL. He will likely be one of the Phantoms’ goalies this coming season.
The deadline for Club-Elected Salary Arbitration notification is July 6, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET. Salary Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to Aug. 4, 2018.
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