7:26 p.m.: CapFriendly has the full breakdown of Bjarnason’s deal, which has a cap hit of $913K:
Year 1: $775K base salary, $95K signing bonus, $80K games played bonus
Year 2: $825K base salary, $95K signing bonus, $30K games played bonus
Year 3: $855K base salary, $95K signing bonus
1:12 p.m.: Having already signed their second of two first-round selections in the 2023 NHL Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers will now ink their second-round selection to his entry-level contract. The Flyers announced via a press release they have signed Carson Bjarnason to a three-year contract, who was originally drafted 51st overall in June’s draft.
Being the fourth-highest goaltender selected in the 2023 NHL Draft, Bjarnason has spent the last two years with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL and is poised to suit up for them again for the 2023-24 season. He improved significantly from his rookie season, posting a 21-19-5 record in 47 games played, carrying a SV% of .900 and a GAA of 3.08. Although not outright impressive numbers at face value, it is important to note the Wheat Kings finished 10th in the Eastern Conference last year, finishing with a losing record and a -30 goal differential.
In the Flyers organization specifically, it will likely take several years for Bjarnason to move up the depth chart. The team already has three goaltenders pegged for the NHL level this season, with both Ivan Fedotov and Samuel Ersson on the cusp. Given his play at the KHL, Fedotov appears poised for the longer-term answer in net, with the team also having the ability to sign Carter Hart to an extension next summer. Nevertheless, Bjarnason has his work cut out for him to eventually suit up in Philadelphia over the next several seasons.