Zach McEwen, Flyers avoid arbitration with new 1-year contract

Zach McEwen, Flyers avoid arbitration with new 1-year contract


Unsurprisingly, Zack MacEwen and the Flyers opted out of the arbitration hearing scheduled for next Monday.

The two sides agreed to a new one-year, $925,000 contract on Tuesday.

The hard-working 26-year-old winger was a restricted free agent this offseason and filed for arbitration. He will remain a restricted free agent when his new contract expires next summer and will be arbitration eligible again.

After being picked up in free agency from the Canucks in October, MacEwen carved out a full-time role with the Flyers this season. Thanks to a makeup based on consistent effort, he managed to play a career-high 75 games. He finished with 3 goals, 6 assists and 15 assists in 9:40 minutes. His 12 appearances led the team and his 159 goals were second on the club.

His tendency to stand up for his teammates and capture the heart of the Philadelphia fan earned him the Gene Hart Memorial Award, given to the player with the most “heart” and selected by the Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club.

“It means a lot,” McEwen said at a press conference in late April. “I’ve really felt the love and support of the fans this season. For me, coming here from Vancouver, not knowing what to expect and being welcomed like this, it’s something I don’t take lightly. I couldn’t help it. Appreciate the fans here more.”

McEwen didn’t shy away from any fight. His opponents this season include Zdeno Chara, Wayne Simmons and Tom Wilson.

He loved playing to the crowds at the Wells Fargo Center.

“After the first time in this building, I felt the energy from the crowd and I couldn’t help myself twice,” McEwen said. “I think it gets some people fired up, it gets me fired up. I love it, it’s a lot of fun, it’s a great adrenaline rush. I know these fans love a good fight and stuff like that. I’m more. I’m happy to feed it and have a good time with the fans because there I’m having fun.

McEwen will have to regain his role in 2022-23 by impressing a new coaching staff. He was often the first player on the ice at practice. His work ethic shouldn’t hurt his chances with John Tortorella. One would think that McEwen could serve as an effective fourth lineman on a contending team.

The Flyers also re-signed restricted free agents Morgan Frost, Isaac Ratcliffe, Tanner Laczynski And Owen Tippett last month. Wade Allison is among the remaining RFAs to a new deal before the season starts.

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