The Philadelphia Flyers have invited former NHL forward Chris Stewart to their training camp on a professional tryout. Stewart last played in the NHL during the 2017-18 season and spent the majority of last year in the EIHL with the Nottingham Panthers.
Stewart, 31, has a familiarity with Flyers’ GM Chuck Fletcher from their days together with the Minnesota Wild, where the power forward played for parts of three seasons. Still it is surprising to see his name pop up after a year where is looked like Stewart was on the last legs of his professional career. He scored just 13 points in 23 regular season games for Nottingham in a league that is usually dominated by former AHL or ECHL players.
Perhaps he has rededicated himself to getting back to the NHL, or perhaps this is just a favor between friends, but it seems unlikely that Stewart will crack the Philadelphia roster and earn himself a contract at the end of camp. He could however be auditioning for a minor league role back in North America, or another trip overseas to play in another top league. In the preseason we’ll likely see him in the seventh NHL sweater of his career, after playing a total of 652 games for the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks, Flames and Wild.