By T.J. Brennan | ESPN.comA new deal that makes Philadelphia the first NHL team to pay its players through a team-controlled airline will mean more frequent flights, lower prices and more flexibility.
A major factor in the Flyers and NHL’s new agreement was a $300 million, six-year deal between the two leagues, which includes the purchase of an airline that will handle the bulk of the team’s operations.
The agreement also includes $60 million to cover the salaries of the players and a $15 million payment to the league.
The deal includes two players: defenseman Travis Konecny and forward David Krejci, who have signed long-term deals to play with the Flyers through at least 2019.
Konecscyny has already been traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets and was on the ice for the Flyers victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
The agreement will help bring a level of stability to the Flyers team, which has had four players leave the team over the past year, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
That includes forward Scott Laughton, who signed a four-year, $31 million contract with the New York Rangers last summer.
Krejci is the first to be dealt.
The Flyers have been looking to move Krejcesc for months, as the Flyers have struggled to make the playoffs in recent years.
The 28-year-old has just one goal and one assist in 28 games.
The Flyers, who will play in the first round of the playoffs against the Washington Capitals on Friday, have had three players leave during the past two seasons: defenseman Mike Vecchione and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
The new deal is a major win for the players, Hextell said.
It makes them feel more comfortable, more valued, and more secure.
The players are excited and they know it.
We are so excited.
It was a great day for our organization and our fans.
“We are really happy with what we got.
It’s a great deal for us and the players.
I think the players will get even better as a result of this agreement,” he added.”
The players feel it is the best way to build on our success.”
In a statement, He, the Flyers GM, said the team is pleased to see its relationship with the league improve as the deal comes to fruition.
“As a player, coach and general manager, I’m honored to be able to play a role in bringing the Flyers a first-class team that is focused on winning.
Our new agreement will allow us to move forward with our plans and the fans expect a high-quality product on the court and at home,” he said.
The NHL’s announcement of the new agreement came a day after the Flyers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans in the team arena.
Flyers forward Matt Read scored the game-winning goal in the third period.
It marked the first time in Flyers history that a player scored a game-winner in regulation.
In the first two seasons of the deal, the team paid $5 million per player, and that figure will be $25 million per season under the new plan.
It will be an increase of $10 million per year under the existing agreement.
Hextall said the new contract will give the Flyers the flexibility to make more decisions.
He said the NHL has “all the tools” in place to make decisions about player compensation.
“It’s going to allow us more flexibility,” Hextill said.
“There’s no reason that we can’t be a great team and we’re going to be one of the best teams in the league.”