Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson has agreed to a contract with Avangard Omsk of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League for the 2014-15 season.
Flyers new general manager Ron Hextall confirmed a report out of Russia that stated Gustafsson, who played in 91 games with Philadelphia over the past four seasons, was headed to join the KHL club.
"I spoke with Erik today and he informed me that he does in fact, have a deal in place to play overseas," said Hextall in a statement. "Although we are disappointed in his decision, we wish him all the best."
The Flyers can still retain the 25-year-old's rights by extending Gustafsson, a restricted free agent, a qualifying offer by June 30.
Gustafsson served as primarily a depth defenseman for the Flyers in 2013-14, appearing in only 31 regular-season games and two playoff contests. He helped Philadelphia force a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the New York Rangers, however, by scoring a key goal in the Flyers' 5-2 win in Game 6.
The native Swede had two goals, eight assists and a plus-seven rating this past season.