Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has confirmed that the organisation have signed undrafted forward Roman Lyubimov to an entry level contract.
The 24-year-old Russian will join the Flyers on a one-year deal after spending six years in the Kontinental Hockey League with CSKA Moscow, registering 15 goals and 34 points in 185 KHL games for the famous club. He scored four goals and eight points in 15 playoff games during CSKA’s run to the 2016 Gagarin Cup Final, where they lost in seven games to Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Lyubimov was a part of the Team Russia squad which won bronze at the 2016 IIHF World Championships, which were held in Moscow and St. Petersburg, picking up four goals and eight points in ten games.
He also picked up an MHL championship with Krasnaya Armiya, CSKA’s affiliate team, in 2012.
The Tver native is just the latest signing in a busy offseason for the Flyers.
Defenceman Evgeny Medvedev returned to the KHL, joining Avangard Omsk on a two-year deal, while Dale Weise and Boyd Gordon were brought in to bolster the clubs depth chart. Former Toronto Marlies blue liner TJ Brennan and 2011 Hobey Baker winner Andy Miele were also signed in recent weeks.
Philadelphia currently has just under $7.4 million in cap space, but is yet to reach an agreement with restricted free agent forward Brayden Schenn, who filed for salary arbitration along with Brandon Manning and Jordan Weal.
Weal was signed to a new one-year deal on Monday.
Including Lyubimov, Philadelphia now have 44 of the allowed 50 contracts on their books for 2016/17.