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How Carolina’s Gleb Trikozov Signing Affects Flyers

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Matvei Michkov is the key to the Flyers' rebuild and the recent precedent with KHL prospects is encouraging. (Photo: AP)

The Philadelphia Flyers have shocked a few people in recent weeks.

Even as little as a day before it happened, nobody expected Ivan Fedotov to come and join the Flyers. Alexei Kolosov was far from a done deal until it happened.

At some point, Matvei Michkov could complete the trifecta, but that day is still a few years away.

If anything, though, the Flyers’ recent exploits, as well as those around the league, give plenty of reasons for hope.

The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Saturday evening that they had signed Russian prospect Gleb Trikozov to a three-year entry-level contract, which was a huge get for one of the Metropolitan Division’s heavyweights. Trikozov had his contract terminated one day earlier by his KHL club, Avangard Omsk.

This was the same sudden sequence of events that preceded Fedotov’s arrival in Philadelphia.

Minnesota’s Marat Khusnutdinov, formerly Michkov’s teammate at HC Sochi, had his contract terminated before the end of the KHL seaosn so that he could join the Wild earlier.

The Flyers and Carolina both have parallels going here. Each had a Russian prospect’s contract terminated, and each has one more they need to bring over. For the Flyers, that would obviously be Michkov. For Carolina, that’s star SKA St. Petersburg defenseman Alexander Nikishin.

The way things are going at the moment, the precedent set for the Flyers is extremely promising. Other NHL teams have been able to bring their prospects over from the KHL, and the Flyers have already managed to get a few of their own.

This is not to suggest that Michkov could join the Flyers before his contract actually expires but instead shows that the possibility he does come over at some point is very real.

At the end of the day, Michkov matters most in this Flyers rebuild, and right now, the front office has been given plenty of reasons to believe.

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