This afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers announced that they had offered Michael Nylander to a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO). Which, basically means, he’s invited to Flyers training camp for a chance to win a job with the club. Some fans disagreed with the move, calling it a waste of time. They explained that Nylander has virtually no chance to make this team as is, and he is coming off of a serious spinal injury that sidelined him for most of last season. Dissenters also mentioned that a contracted player would have to be moved to fit under the 50 contract limit if Nylander gets a contract after training camp.
Since 2008, the Flyers have invited Bryan Berard, Blair Betts, Mark Bell, Bill Guerin and now Nylander to camp on PTOs. However, of the four who have been through camp, only Betts made the team. The year before his tryout with the Flyers, Berard was invited to training camp by Islanders and earned a one year contract by New York.
So the question remains, are PTOs just a waste of time? (more…)