Just two days after playing defender Mark Friedman on the wing during their Boston Bruins in Lake Tahoe, the Philadelphia Flyers placed 25-year-old defenseman Mark Friedman on Tuesday.
Now he has a new home.
The Pittsburgh penguins, who hired Ron Hextall as the new chief executive earlier this month, reportedly barged in and claimed Friedman on Wednesday, according to Elliotte Friedman. The Flyers had just signed Friedman this summer for a two-year contract extension with an average annual value of $ 725,000.
Friedman was on the ice for the morning skate Wednesday as the Flyers prepared for their tilt against the New York Rangers, so clearly the team were hoping that he would be available for them in the future.
Adding Friedman to the list of penguins makes sense. After all, Hextall, then general manager of the Flyers, selected Friedman in the third round (86th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. He was a huge fan of the game of the Toronto natives then, and apparently still is. today.
The addition of Friedman also gives the Penguins a bit more flexibility at the rear. Brian Dumoulin and Juuso Riikola are both on the long-term injured reserve, and Friedman has proven capable of filling in as the backing pair in the past.
So what does this mean for the Flyers? On the one hand, that means they are losing a player who was once considered a highly respected prospect within the organization. While Friedman never managed to contribute much as an NHL player, he played a vital role for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the AHL, where he had scored eight goals and 44 points in 120 games since the season. 2018-19.
Friedman is far from an All-Star-caliber defenseman, but losing a reliable defenseman of organizational depth for nothing is certainly not ideal for the Flyers.