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Flyers Expected to Lose NCAA Prospect to Free Agency

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The Flyers are not expected to sign Bryce Brodzinski before his signing rights expire on Aug. 15. (Photo: AP)

Although they have room to sign him, the Philadelphia Flyers will likely lose NCAA prospect Bryce Brodzinski, formerly of the University of Minnesota, to free agency this summer.

Brodzinski, 23, could have turned pro and joined the Flyers organization after Minnesota’s season came to a close at the end of March, but it is unclear whether the Flyers ever made an offer, or Brodzinski wishes to continue his playing career elsewhere.

During his time with Minnesota, Brodzinski wasn’t the most productive player; he never had a 20-goal season and scored 30 points in just two out of five seasons at the collegiate level. Scoring isn’t everything in hockey, of course, but if anything, Brodzinski was up for the big game.

The Blaine, Minnesota native posted four assists in a back-to-back against Michigan on March 1 and March 2, had two assists against the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the NCAA Tournament, and had a goal and an assist in a season-ending loss to Boston University on March 30.

The Flyers need big game players like Brodzinski, but the two sides are not approaching an agreement.

Jess Myers of InForum previously reported that “Bryce Brodzinski is still property of the Flyers until this summer when he can become a free agent. It sounds like that is the route he is going to pursue, based on my post-game conversation with him tonight.”

For those curious, Brodzinski is still on the Flyers‘ reserve list, and the team will hold his signing rights until Aug. 15. After that, Brodzinski is free to sign with any team of his choosing.

After the Cutter Gauthier debacle, the Flyers at least quelled doubts that they could attract college prospects by signing the highly anticipated Massimo Rizzo to an entry-level contract last week.

Neither Brodzinski, his camp, or the Flyers have confirmed the reported parting of ways, but if they do part ways, it won’t become official until August.

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