Flyers winger David Kase has decided to not bother going through restricted free agency this offseason. Instead, Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga announced that they’ve signed the 24-year-old to a two-year contract.
Kase was a fifth-round pick of Philadelphia back in 2015 (128th overall) and signed his entry-level deal in 2018. He has made NHL appearances in each of the last two seasons (a total of seven games, one of which was in 2020-21) but has spent the bulk of that time in the minors. This season, he had nine points in 19 games with AHL Lehigh Valley while picking up 25 more in 27 contests with Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic before the season started in North America.
Philadelphia can retain Kase’s rights by tendering him a qualifying offer this summer, one they already know he won’t be signing as a result of this deal. Doing so would enable them to retain his NHL rights through this contract in case they want to bring him back over in 2023. However, given his limited impact in North America, it’s also possible that they just cut ties with him entirely.