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Konecny signs six-year, $33 million contract with Flyers

Restricted free agent forward had been absent since Philadelphia opened training camp Friday @NHLdotcom

Travis Konecny signed a six-year, $33 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. The deal has an average annual value of $5.5 million.

"I'm really excited about signing with the Flyers and being able to call Philadelphia home for the next six years," Konecny said. "I can't wait to get back with my teammates and to start a new relationship with the coaching staff. It's on me now to work hard and make up for the couple days I wasn't able to be here."

The 22-year-old forward had been absent since training camp began Friday.

"We are happy to have Travis under contract for the next six seasons," general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "Travis has shown progression in each of his three seasons and is an integral part of our group of young forwards. His speed, skill and tenacity sets him apart in today's NHL."

Flyers coach Alain Vigneault, who was hired April 15, had expressed disappointment that Konecny was missing time learning his system and style of play. But teammate Ivan Provorov, a restricted free agent who signed a six-year, $40.5 million contract Friday, said he and his teammates would be able to help Konecny get up to speed.

"We'll help him as much as we can to get him back to his game and make him feel comfortable," Provorov said Friday. "If he has any questions about the new systems, the new coaches and us as players, we'll help him."

Konecny had an NHL career-high 49 points (24 goals, 25 assists) in 82 games last season. Selected by the Flyers with the No. 24 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, he has 124 points (59 goals, 65 assists) in 233 games.

"Our goal is to bring a championship back and I want to be a part of that, I want to be a part of Philly, and to be locked in for six years and have a chance to play with this organization is obviously an honor and I'm just really happy that we can get it done," Konecny said.

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