The Philadelphia Flyers are set to announce Thursday that they will not bid on the Jordan Kings in the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft, according to a report.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Kings have “reached a deal” to retain the rights to the players on their roster but will not have them on their first-round draft pick in 2019.
The report does not name the players, but the report cited sources as saying that the Flyers are “in a position” to acquire one or two of the players they are looking for, which would mean that the player would not have been traded or waived.
The Flyers’ refusal to bid for the Kings was first reported by ESPN’s John Buccigross on Monday, with ESPN’s Chris Broussard tweeting the news as well.
This is a bitter day for the Flyers.
We will not be bidding on the #JordanKings.
They were our biggest fan base, our most loyal, our biggest fans, and now we will not get to see them play.
The players are not going to be there.
-Chris BrouSSARD (@BroussardsOnTheHill) January 21, 2021The Flyers are currently in the midst of a major rebuild that has seen the team shed over $200 million from the salary cap over the past three years.