Shocking Development Brings Top Flyers Prospect Ivan Fedotov to Philly

In a sudden and unexpected development, top Flyers goaltending prospect Ivan
Fedotov is about to begin his Philadelphia Flyers career after his contract with his KHL team was terminated.

According to hockey insider Elliotte Friedman, "everyone’s being very careful here for obvious reasons, but it is believed Fedotov is en route" to Philadelphia, and will be starting his NHL career with the Flyers for the balance of the season. Friedman added that all sides have been working on a solution for the last few weeks. 

But as fellow insider Kevin Weekes notes, the NHL will first have to lift its one-year suspension on his contract due to a recent IIHF ruling.

The Russian goalie defied an IIHF ruling this season by playing with the KHL team after the international body ruled that his new contract with the Russian team should be voided and he would be Flyers property this season. Instead, the KHL and Fedotov defied the ruling. 

The Flyers' seventh-round pick back in 2015 is now 27, and has posted some impressive numbers in the KHL over the past several seasons, with a save percentage that's consistently around the .915 mark. This past season with CSKA, Fedotov went 21-22 with a .914 Sv% and a 2.37 goals-against average. 

This is a huge development for the Flyers who lost starting goaltender Carter Hart earlier this season, as he has been on leave due to sexual assault charges over a 2018 Hockey Canada incident. 

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