The Flyers and winger Owen Tippett are “closing in” on a long-term deal, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said Friday. Friedman added it is going to be an eight-year deal carrying an AAV between $6M and $6.5M. Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reports the whole worth of the deal might be $49.6M, or a $6.2M AAV.
Tippett got here to Philadelphia in March 2022 because the focal piece from the Panthers within the Claude Giroux commerce. The 2017 tenth total decide had struggled to get out of the gate after almost 5 years within the Florida group, posting 14 objectives and 33 factors in 94 video games whereas averaging round 12 minutes per sport.
The now-24-year-old was drafted for his velocity and capturing means, as evidenced by his 44 objectives in 60 video games with the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads as a 17-year-old. It took a transfer to the Flyers to make it occur, however these hallmarks of his sport have blossomed on the proper time.
His first full season in Philadelphia was successful, exploding for 27 objectives and 49 factors in 77 video games on a Flyers offense that completed close to the underside of the league in 2022-23. Via 46 video games this yr, he’s notched 18 objectives and 30 factors in 46 video games – a 32-goal, 53-point tempo over 82 video games.
That sort of manufacturing, if sustained, will make this contract one of many higher worth bets within the league at its midpoint. Tippett’s deal will take up 7.1% of the wage cap when it goes into impact, an identical share of the cap to Blues winger Pavel Buchnevich and Flames winger Andrew Mangiapane once they signed mid-term offers with $5.8M cap hits in 2021 and 2022. Each had been related in age to Tippett when signing their offers.
Mangiapane’s manufacturing has stuttered within the years following, whereas Buchnevich is the Blues’ premier offensive expertise and posted over a degree per sport within the final two seasons. Tippett doubtless finally ends up someplace within the center. If the consistency in his play between this yr and final is any indication, he’s on observe to churn out totals within the 30-goal, 55-point neighborhood over the lifetime of the contract.
By signing him to a max-term extension now, the Flyers lock Tippett up at a managed worth all through his Most worthy seasons. He’ll be 32 when the deal ends – younger sufficient in order that Tippett may signal a profitable mid-term deal, however sufficiently old that the Flyers would really feel snug strolling away if the demand is just too excessive. The chance of Tippett’s manufacturing regressing can also be a lot decrease than if Philadelphia waited one other two or three years to offer him a long-term extension.
It’s unlikely Tippett advances a lot previous what he’s now – a particularly high-end secondary scoring risk. With the wage cap rising at its projected price, although, $6.2M per season works out fairly effectively for that sort of manufacturing, particularly for a participant who’s constantly shouldered top-six minutes since coming to the Flyers. He’s posted sturdy possession numbers, too, boasting a 50.1% Corsi share (2.4% larger than the workforce’s share with out him on the ice) at even power because the commerce to Philly.
Tippett was destined for RFA standing this summer time with arbitration rights after finishing a two-year, $3M contract. He might be eligible for unrestricted free company for the primary time when his new contract expires in 2032.