6 Flyers Who Won't Return Next Season

After a disappointing 2023-24 campaign, don't count on seeing these six Philadelphia Flyers back with the organization next season.
Marc Staal is one of six Flyers who likely won't be back next season.
Marc Staal is one of six Flyers who likely won't be back next season. / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Ryan Johansen, C

Another Flyer who might leave this offseason is one who hasn't even played a game for the franchise.

Veteran center Ryan Johansen and a 2025 first-rounder were sent from the Colorado Avalanche to the Flyers in exchange for defenseman Sean Walker and a 2026 fifth-rounder at the deadline. The fact that the Avalanche attached a first-round pick proved that it was a cap-dumping move, which became clearer when Philadelphia placed the former 30-goal scorer on waivers the following day.

Johansen went unclaimed en route to the American Hockey League's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Having said that, he's yet to play a game for the Flyers' AHL affiliate due to a hip injury that was discovered during the trade process.

Even if Johansen fully recovers from his injury, I have a hard time imagining his playing for the Flyers next year.

After all, the 31-year-old forward is signed through the 2024-25 season with an $8 million cap hit. That'd be a fair price if he was still in his prime, but that cap hit is way too large for a player with 13 goals and 23 points in 63 games this season. Instead of paying him, Philadelphia can either 1) find a suitor who's willing to take Johansen on or B) buy him out and only have to pay him $1.3 million over the next two seasons.

Putting two and two together, it's easy to see why Johansen won't be back come October.