The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenseman Mark Alt to a one-year / two-way deal worth $650K in the NHL and $125K in the AHL, reports CapFriendly. Alt was a pending Group 6 Free Agent who has one career NHL game to his name so far. His expiring contract was another two-way deal, with Alt making $650K in the NHL and $100K in the AHL.
Alt has spent the last four seasons in the AHL. In 40 games this season he scored 1G and 10A, but went pointless in five playoff games. The former 2010 2nd round pick has yet to make a dent in a big league lineup, and at 25 years old (26 in October) his opportunities are waning.
If Alt did not sign this contract, he would have been an unrestricted Group 6 free agent. As a refresher, A player is eligible for Group 6 Free Agency if their SPC expires and:
- The player is 25 or older by June 30th of the year his SPC expires;
- The player has played in three or more professional seasons; and
- The player has played in less than 80 NHL games (20 games for goalies).
The clause allows players without significant NHL playing time to move freely to a team offering better opportunities.