6/30: The deal between Vorobyev and Salavat Yulaev is now complete. The team has announced a three-year deal that will bring the young forward back to Ufa through the 2022-23 season. GM Vasily Chizov stated in the team’s release that negotiations on this contract with Vorobyev began last year, so this reunion between the club and local product has been a long time coming.
6/26: Flyers forward Mikhail Vorobyev appears to be heading back overseas. As first reported by Gorozbor in Russia and since confirmed by Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer, the center is expected to sign a three-year contract with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL.
The 23-year-old has split the last two seasons between Philadelphia and their AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley but while he has had some offensive success with the Phantoms, that hasn’t materialized in the NHL. He had 12 goals and 16 assists in 45 minor league contests this season but just a goal and two helpers in 20 NHL games while logging a little more than 10 minutes a night. In 2018-19, his NHL numbers were similar just a goal and an assist in 15 games.
Vorobyev is slated to be a restricted free agent this off-season and Carchidi notes that the team intends to retain his rights which means they will tender him a qualifying offer. He’ll be 26 at the end of this new deal which means he won’t be old enough to become an NHL free agent. As a result, there’s a chance that his time with the Flyers may not be done just yet.