In likely their final move of the offseason, the Flyers announced Wednesday evening that the team had agreed to a two-year/$2.3 million deal with RFA Robert Hagg. The contract will keep the 23-year-old defenseman in Philadelphia through the 2019-20 season with a cap hit of $1.15 million.
In his rookie season, the left-handed blueliner played in 70 games before falling out of favor late in the season and in the playoffs – appearing in just two games before the Flyers were eliminated. In those 70 games, Hagg averaged 18:08 of ice time, tallying three goals and six assists while leading the team in hits with 238.
The two-year bridge deal provides good value for the Flyers while giving Hagg the chance to improve his value for a third contract. With Provorov, Gostisbehere, Gudas, MacDonald, and Sanheim all pretty much locks, Hagg will likely have to battle it out for the final spot with newly-added Christian Folin and top prospect Philippe Myers. If he makes the team, the former second-round pick would slide back into a bottom-pairing role where he excelled at times with his physical, defense-first style.
With his limited offense and below-average skating, Hagg will have to rely on his defense if he wants to be a mainstay in the Flyers’ lineup or he could see a repeat of last year where Hakstol decided to go with a more well-rounded player in Travis Sanheim.
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