Felix Sandstrom signs in Finland, in the NHL
June 8: Not only will the Flyers retain the rights to Sandstrom, the team actually re-signed him for a two-year, two-part deal. Quite interesting, Charlie O’Connor from The Athletic tweets that the goalie will stay with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms next season, not away. Regardless, this $ 750,000 deal keeps him tied to the Philadelphia organization and, most importantly, continues to meet the Flyers’ exhibition requirements for the next expansion project.
June 7: The Philadelphia Flyers will need to add a few more names to the goaltending depth chart this summer with Brian Elliott and Alex Lyon both intended for unrestricted free agency. Felix Sandström, who could potentially have been a candidate for a post, will no longer be an option after signing a one-year contract with TPS in Finland. Sandstrom is a pending tender, which means the Flyers can retain its rights by extending a qualifying bid.
The 24-year-old goaltender was selected 70th overall by the Flyers in 2015 and despite a good number away from home, has never really found his game on North American ice. In 11 appearances for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms last season, he posted a 5-3-4 record, a .903 save percentage and a 3.19 goals-against average. In 2019-20, he spent most of the season in the ECHL, registering even more pedestrian numbers.
Philadelphia recently signed a 21-year-old Samuel Ersson to his entry contract, but have otherwise only Kirill Ustimenko– who has spent the entire season on the set after hip surgery – has signed for next season. Carter Hart, the team’s alleged starter for 2021-2022, is also set to become a restricted free agent and will need a new contract.