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Bailey’s Daily: Massive Matvei Michkov Update; Canucks Lose Boeser

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In Monday’s edition of Bailey’s Daily, we’ll be talking the latest Philadelphia Flyers news, NHL news, stories, highlights, and more from the last day.

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A very surprising report from a reliable Russian sports news outlet, Sport-Express, claimed on Sunday morning that top Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matvei Michkov would be indeed terminating his KHL contract with SKA St. Petersburg in order to begin his NHL career. Is this really happening? Philly Hockey Now was told shortly after that the Flyers were made aware of the report but knew nothing more about it. But, when there’s smoke, there’s fire. This isn’t the first Michkov report to come out this spring, and probably won’t be the last.

Speaking of smoke and fire, it looks like Carolina Hurricanes forward Martin Necas is all but done in Raleigh. Given his age, offensive exploits, and blazing speed, he will surely be a prime Flyers trade candidate for what looks to be a busy offseason for both clubs. Necas, 25, is a pending restricted free agent but isn’t expected to re-sign with the Hurricanes.

Florida Panthers or New York Rangers? New York Rangers or Florida Panthers? Former Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and his crew pose an interesting problem for fans of the Orange and Black. Should Flyers fans root against Bobrovsky and the Cats for a better draft pick at the cost of the Rangers making the Stanley Cup Finals, or should they root for Bobrovsky and the Cats at the cost of a better draft pick? Decisions, decisions…

In case you missed it, no NHL team is in worse financial shape for the upcoming 2024-25 season than the Flyers. They have the highest total cap hit in the league, and what makes matters worse is their exorbitant dead cap number from buyouts, retained salary trades, and overages. Take a look at the Flyers salary cap situation.

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The Colorado Avalanche have an interesting offseason ahead of them. On one hand, captain Gabriel Landeskog started to push himself in his rehab but never truly came close to returning to the ice to play for the Avs. On the other, Colorado will be without Valeri Nichushkin for six months, and it’s unclear if or when he’ll ever play for the team again. Nichushkin’s $6.125 million cap hit, in particular, is a sore spot for any potential return to the ice in the future. The latest Avalanche news out of Colorado.

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman shared on Sportsnet that Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser is expected to miss Game 7 against Edmonton with what has been deemed a non life-threatening blood clotting issue. It seems like Boeser will be out indefinitely until his condition clears up, but fortunately, the situation doesn’t appear to be dire. We’re hoping for the best and wish Brock a speedy recovery as he works his way back to full health.

If the Michkov saga has benefitted any team that isn’t the Flyers, look no further than the Chicago Blackhawks. Holding the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 NHL Draft, Chicago has the ability to add another star to their ranks who isn’t Connor Bedard. With the stigma around Russian prospects seemingly starting to dissipate, look for the Blackhawks to select Ivan Demidov in Las Vegas next month.

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