The Flyers’ Carsen Twarynski appears headed to Seattle in the expansion draft; Philly misses out on Adam Larsson

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The Philadelphia Inquirer 21 July, 2021 - 09:03pm 14 views

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Now he will get a chance to be a regular with Seattle, the newest NHL team.

The Kraken surprisingly took the hard-nosed left winger in Wednesday night’s expansion draft.

Earlier in the day, Twarynski, 23, a restricted free agent, was asked about reports that Seattle was going to select him.

“Nothing is official until tonight,” he said.

It became official at 8:45 p.m.

The Flyers can afford to lose Twarynski, an Alberta native who has played briefly with the NHL team in each of the last two seasons; they did not want to lose right-handed defenseman Justin Braun, a veteran who is expected to stabilize the third pairing, which could also include Shayne Gostisbehere or Cam York.

They were hoping to lose a player with an expensive cap hit.

Seattle, which had 30 selections overall, one from each team except Vegas, bypassed three talented Flyers with high cap hits: Gostisbehere ($4.5 million annually for the next two years), right winger Jake Voracek ($8.25 million annually for the next three years), and left winger James van Riemsdyk, who has an annual cap hit of $7 million for the next two years.

Voracek, van Riemsdyk, and Claude Giroux led the Flyers with 43 points apiece last season.

Twarynski, selected by the Flyers in the third round of the 2016 draft, was pointless in seven games with the club last season. He has played 22 career games with the Flyers, notching a goal, no assists, and a minus-5 rating.

In 107 career games with the AHL’s Phantoms, Twarynski had 18 goals.

Dave Hakstol’s Kraken bypassed a chance to take several marquee players, including goalie Carey Price from Montreal, centers Matt Duchene or Ryan Johansen from Nashville, and left winger Vladimir Tarasenko from St. Louis. All have huge contracts.

There had been rumors that the Kraken would take Tarasenko, who has had three shoulder surgeries over the last three years, and deal him to the Flyers for Voracek and a high draft pick.

The Kraken took right-handed defenseman Adam Larsson from Edmonton and signed the unrestricted free agent to a four-year deal with an annual cap hit of $4 million.

Larsson would have been a perfect fit on the Flyers’ second pairing, alongside Travis Sanheim.

Seattle’s defense will also include Mark Giordano (Calgary); Jamie Oleksiak (Dallas); Vince Dunn (St. Louis); Carson Soucy (Minnesota); Haydn Fleury (Anaheim); Jeremy Lauzon (Boston); William Borgen (Buffalo); Gavin Bayreuther (Columbus); Kurtis MacDermid (Los Angeles); Cale Fleury (Montreal; Haydn’s brother); and Dennis Cholowski (Detroit)..

Among the forwards headed to Seattle are Tampa Bay’s Yanni Gourde (17 goals last season for the champs); the Islanders’ Jordan Eberle (16 goals last season); Arizona’s Tyler Pitlick, a former Flyer; Carolina’s Morgan Geekie; Chicago’s John Quenneville; Colorado’s Joonas Donskoi; New Jersey’s Nathan Bastian; Nashville’s Calle Jarnkrok; San Jose’s Alexander True; Toronto’s Jared McCann; Vancouver’s Kole Lind; the New York Rangers’ Colin Blackwell; and Winnipeg’s Mason Appleton.

It appears the Kraken did much better on the defensive side than up front. They also look solid with goaltenders Chris Driedger (2.09 GAA, .929 save percentage in 38 career games) of Florida and Washington’s Vitek Vanecek (2.69, .908 in 38 games).

The Flyers protected 11 players and, surprisingly, exposed the high-scoring van Riemsdyk instead of fourth-liner Nic-Aube Kubel. They believed the potential of losing van Riemsdyk’s cap hit was more valuable than his scoring.

The Flyers are not in a good cap situation, and, in a way, wanted van Riemsdyk, Voracek or Gostisbehere to be selected by the Kraken. Assuming York, Wade Allison and Morgan Frost make the team, the Flyers have $74.8 million of their $81.5 million (maximum) committed to 20 players. That leaves them with just $6.7 million in cap space, and they still must sign restricted free agents Carter Hart, Sanheim, and a backup goalie.

Yes, things are going to get tight unless general manager Chuck Fletcher makes some creative moves.

In the 2017 expansion draft, Vegas took Pierre-Edouard Bellemare from the Flyers, and the fourth-line center and penalty killer helped the Golden Knights stun the hockey world by reaching the Stanley Cup Final in their first season. Vegas lost to Washington, four games to one, in the 2018 Final.

After Wednesday’s expansion draft, the Flyers and the rest of the NHL will turn their attention toward the draft, which will be held Friday (Round 1) and Saturday (Rounds 2-7).

The Flyers have seven picks in the draft, including the 13th overall selection Friday. Fletcher has been dangling the pick in trade talks with other teams.

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2021 NHL expansion draft: Flyers' Carsen Twarynski selected by Kraken

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Instead of selecting one of the Flyers' bigger names in the expansion draft, the Kraken threw everyone a curveball Wednesday by taking 23-year-old prospect Carsen Twarynski.

Twarynski, a 2016 third-round draft pick, went scoreless in seven games last season and has played a total of 22 games for the Flyers in his career. He made the club's season-opening lineup in 2019-20 as a rookie and scored his lone NHL goal in his third career game.

"[Kraken general manager Ron Francis] and his group in Seattle have put a lot of time and effort into their preparation and with Carsen they have added a good, young piece to their team," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement released by the team. "Carsen is a hard-working player who has grown considerably in his four seasons since he was drafted in our organization. We wish nothing but the best for him in Seattle."

Twarynski is a restricted free agent this offseason, so he'll negotiate a new deal with the Kraken. He's coming off of his three-year entry-level contract, which had an average annual value of $925,000 ($775,833 cap hit), per CapFriendly.com.

Starting last Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, an NHL trade and waiver freeze went into effect. It will be lifted Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. Within that time period, teams can only make deals with Seattle.

All three have larger cap hits: Voracek at $8.25 million, van Riemsdyk $7 million and Gostisbehere $4.5 million. When constructing their protected list, the Flyers clearly had a focus on potential cap relief in this critical offseason amid a flat-cap world.

Dave Hakstol is the first-ever bench boss of Seattle. Twarynski had a strong showing in the Flyers' 2018 training camp, when Hakstol was head coach of the club. The hard-working, north-south winger caught Hakstol's eye and had an extended run in camp, but did not make the final roster.

"I don't think it surprises. He's a player that didn't get a lot of fanfare coming into camp, but he's one of those guys that … I think the organization knows him very well," Hakstol said then in September 2018. "He's just earned everything day by day. Is he a guy that was circled two weeks ago that was a sure thing to be here or an odds-on favorite to be here? Maybe not, but he's earned it day by day.

"I like that he continues to do the simple things that have given him success so far. I've really liked his versatility going from right side to left side and not changing his game, not looking out of place playing his off wing, when you get into defensive situations or tight spots on the walls. There's a bunch of little things there that he's done that have earned him getting this far in camp."

Twarynski had an impressive camp in Alain Vigneault's first season and played in the 2019-20 season opener in Prague, Czech Republic.

"I've been through a lot of adversity though my hockey career," Twarynski said in September 2019. "Growing up, wasn't on any national teams or Alberta teams or provincial teams. I've always had to work my way up through the first year and develop and make a step to the big league the next year. It's nothing new to me."

The Flyers have the entry draft Friday and Saturday, while free agency opens next Wednesday. The club picks at 13th overall Friday. Per CapFriendly.com, the Flyers currently have a little under $9.5 million in cap space. The deadline to submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents is Monday of next week. Carter Hart, Travis Sanheim and Connor Bunnaman are the club's notable RFAs.

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Flyers Lose Carsen Twarynski in Expansion Draft Stunner

Broad Street Buzz 21 July, 2021 - 08:27am

Mar 31, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Taylor Hall (4) applies pressure around the goal as Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott (37) and left wing Carsen Twarynski (81) defend during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Kraken reportedly pulled off a stunner. Frank Seravalli has indicated that 23-year-old Carsen Twarynski was selected as the choice from the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL Expansion Draft.

There was a lot of intrigue about whether #SeaKraken would be tempted to take one of the high-priced players the #Flyers dangled.

Hearing the selection was a bit of a surprise: Carsen Twarynski.

Can honestly say I didn't see him plucked in many mock drafts. @DFOHockey

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021

Twarynski has only 22 games of NHL experience under his belt. He was been a fringe roster player for the Flyers over the past two seasons under head coach Alain Vigneault. It was thought that prospect Connor Bunneman was higher on the organizational depth chart.

The logic of the Kraken is likely based on salary. Twarynski is a restricted free agent entering 2021-22, and he will likely cost less than $1 million in average annual value. The possibility of this strategy did lead the Flyers to protect winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel.

He was drafted by the Flyers in the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, while recently hired Seattle head coach Dave Hakstol was still behind the bench in Philadelphia. The connection likely played a part in the decision. Indicators about the opinions of Hakstol surrounding other players he formerly coached being selected were very mixed.

The move might be also an indicator that other transactions are imminent. Rumors swirled about potential picks heading into today. Most of them surrounded veterans Jakub Voracek, James van Riemsdyk, and Shayne Gostisbehere. All three are on the roster, and general manager Chuck Fletcher will forced to maneuver in order to improve the flexibility in regard to the NHL’s flat salary cap at $81.5 million.

Most mock drafts indicated that the three previously mentioned veterans were the most likely to be picked while defensemen Justin Braun and Robert Hagg were possible sleeper selections. Twarynski is a move off the board that very few, if any, saw coming.

The thought was that the Kraken might choose a more formidable NHL player with more experience, but Seattle general manager Ron Francis opted for a 23-year-old who has spent the majority of his professional career in the AHL while only recording a grand total of one NHL point.

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