The Philadelphia Flyers made a move off everyone’s radar, signing forward Roman Lyubimov from CSKA Moscow in the KHL
Since Dave Hakstol has taken over as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, one thing Flyers fans have been saying a lot is the phrase “two-way forward.” Considering Hextall’s recent draft picks, Russian player is another common refrain. Add those two things together, and you gets today’s move.
The Philadelphia Flyers announced the signing of Roman Lyubimov to a 1-year, entry level contract. Lyubimov is a 24 years old forward with good size at 6’2″, 207 pounds. He hasn’t really lit up the scoreboard in the KHL, scoring 13 and 14 points in the last two seasons, respectively.
“He’s a big guy. He skates well, plays a solid two-way game,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. “We feel like he adds depth to the organization. We’ll see how he does in training camp.” Hextall also added that he really looked good playing for Russia at the most recent World Championships, scoring 8 points in the 10 games. Recall that current Flyer Pierre-Edouard Bellemare likely earned his contract with the Flyers with his performances in the Worlds.
“I don’t necessarily think he’s going to be on your first power play, things like that,” Hextall said. “But he’s a hard worker. He goes to the net. He scores some dirty goals. He’s got good size, and he skates fine.” Sounds like Lyubimov is destined for the 3rd and 4th lines, presuming he makes the team at all in training camp.
He also may be pretty talented at shootouts.
@billmeltzer Excellent with shootouts. One of the best in KHL.
— Tero Kainulainen (@kainutero) July 11, 2016
Obviously anything you read on Twitter must be true.
Regardless, Lyubimov is one more body for the already crowded competition to be in the Philadelphia Flyers bottom-6 forwards.