The Philadelphia Flyers saw Russian import defenseman Evgeny Medvedev have a solid first season in North America, putting up four goals and 13 points in 45 games played for the Metropolitan Division club during the regular season.
An arrest for a suspected DUI wasn’t a good way to kick off his offseason, though – and now, charges for the arrest have come out, and things are looking even worse.
Per Sam Cardichi, beat reporter for the Flyers, Medvedev is facing charges for ‘driving under influence, possession of a controlled substance, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia’. Per Cardichi, he’ll have his hearing for the charges on June 15th.
For the Flyers, this puts the team in a tough position; while Medvedev put up decent numbers in his first year of North American play, this isn’t a good look for the club – and the pending free agent cost the team a whopping $3 million last season alone. They may want his production back, but it could be hard to grapple with the fact that he’s sitting on a slew of charges that certainly don’t put him (or, by extension, the club) in a very good light.
Medvedev’s current contract with the Flyers will expire on July first. At that point, the former KHL blue liner will become an unrestricted free agent, as the team has not made any mention of an extension at this point in time.