The Philadelphia Flyers wasted no time in their offseason plans under the leadership of new general manager Danny Briere. On Tuesday, the Flyers announced a three-team trade involving the Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings, with defenseman Ivan Provorov being traded to the Blue Jackets.
In exchange for Provorov, the Flyers acquired goaltender Cal Peterson, defenseman Sean Walker, defenseman Helge Grans, a 2023 first-round pick (No. 22 overall), and a 2023 second-round pick from the Kings. Additionally, the Blue Jackets included a conditional second-round draft choice in either 2024 or 2025 as part of the deal.
As part of the trade, Flyers minor league defenseman Kevin Connauton will also be joining the Blue Jackets, while winger Hayden Hodgson will be heading to the Kings. Furthermore, the Kings agreed to retain 30 percent of Provorov’s contract.
Provorov, selected by the Flyers as the No. 7 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, has been a key contributor with 65 goals and 152 assists over his seven professional seasons. In the previous season, he recorded six goals and 21 assists in a full 82-game schedule.
The Russian defenseman still has two seasons remaining on his six-year, $40.5 million contract, which he signed in 2019, with an annual cap hit of $6.75 million.
Provorov made headlines earlier this year when he opted not to wear Philadelphia’s Pride uniforms during warmups, citing his religious beliefs as the reason.
“I respect everybody’s choices,” Provorov stated following the game. “My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion. That’s all I’m going to say.”
Cal Petersen, 28, had initially been expected to play a significant role in the Kings’ goal crease alongside Jonathan Quick this past season but struggled early on and was subsequently sent down to the AHL in November. In his 101 career games, Petersen has a record of 44-42-10, a 2.92 goals-against average, and a .905 save percentage. He has spent all five of his NHL seasons with the Los Angeles Kings.
Sean Walker, 28, brings veteran experience as a defenseman, having accumulated 67 career points (16 goals, 51 assists) in five seasons with the Kings. Helge Grans, selected as the No. 35 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft by the Kings, spent the 2022-23 season with the AHL’s Ontario Reign.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NHL trade
What trade did the Philadelphia Flyers make involving Ivan Provorov?
The Philadelphia Flyers traded defenseman Ivan Provorov to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of a three-team deal involving the Los Angeles Kings.
What did the Flyers receive in return for Ivan Provorov?
In exchange for Ivan Provorov, the Flyers received goaltender Cal Peterson, defenseman Sean Walker, defenseman Helge Grans, a 2023 first-round pick (No. 22 overall), and a 2023 second-round pick from the Los Angeles Kings.
What additional assets were involved in the trade?
The Blue Jackets also sent a conditional second-round draft choice in either 2024 or 2025 to the Flyers. Additionally, Flyers minor league defenseman Kevin Connauton was included in the trade, heading to the Blue Jackets, and winger Hayden Hodgson went to the Kings.
How has Ivan Provorov performed in his career?
Ivan Provorov has been a productive defenseman, recording 65 goals and 152 assists in his seven professional seasons. He was selected by the Flyers with the No. 7 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
What were the reasons behind Ivan Provorov’s refusal to wear Philadelphia’s Pride uniforms?
Ivan Provorov cited his religious beliefs as the reason for not wearing Philadelphia’s Pride jerseys during warmups. He stated that he wanted to stay true to himself and his religion.