Sports: Philadelphia Flyers sign Owen Tippett to two-year, $3M deal

John Tortorella defends Flyers' disappointing offseason

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The Philadelphia Flyers have locked up restricted free agent Owen Tippett for the next two years, signing him to a two-year, $3M contract ($1.5M AAV). PuckPedia reports that it will be worth $1.25M in 2022-23 and $1.75MM in 2023-24.

Philadelphia Flyers right winger Owen Tippett will return to the team on a two-year deal. © Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia Flyers right winger Owen Tippett will return to the team on a two-year deal.

Tippett, 23, is at something of a crossroads in his career. If there is ever to be a year where he needed to establish himself as a legitimate full-time NHL player, it is now after being acquired by the Flyers last season as part of the return for Claude Giroux. Following the trade, he scored four goals and seven points in 21 games with Philadelphia, seeing more ice time than he had ever received with the Florida Panthers.

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Despite having a powerful, accurate shot — one that was the biggest talking point when he went 10th overall in 2017 — Tippett hasn’t actually scored at the rate many were expecting. His career shooting percentage has sat right around 8% since he entered the league, and he has just 18 goals in 115 NHL games. Even in Philadelphia, where he was thrust into substantial power-play time as soon as he arrived, he managed just a single goal with the man advantage, a scenario where many expected him to dominate.

So this season, with a full summer with the organization, new coaching staff and plenty of opportunities to play up in the lineup, Tippett will have big expectations once again. If he can take a step forward and become the big, powerful offensive presence that many expected him to be, there is an opportunity for huge surplus value in this two-year deal. If he can’t, things might turn sour rapidly, as his career will always be connected to Giroux from this point forward in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Flyers hire Rocky Thompson as assistant coach

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