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Former Flyer Medvedev signs with KHL’s Avangard Omsk

Former Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev is heading back to the KHL. The 33-year-old signed a two-year deal with Avangard Omsk.

Medvedev’s tenure in the NHL lasted just one season. He had four goals and 12 points in 45 games and was often a healthy scratch down the stretch.

Prior to joining the Flyers last off-season, he spent the previous eight years with Kazan.

Medvedev’s tenure in North America didn’t end on a positive note. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI back in April.

The KHL veteran will be joining former NHLers Alexander Perezhogin and Martin Erat with Omsk.

Flyers’ Medvedev arrested on suspicion of DUI

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Philadelphia blueliner Evgeny Medvedev was arrested early Wednesday for suspicion of driving under the influence, police have confirmed to NBCPhiladelphia.

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Lower Moreland Police Chief Pete Hasson tells NBC10 Medvedev was stopped for a traffic violation around 2:45 a.m. along Byberry Road in Lower Moreland.

The officer then arrested the 33-year-old Russian national for suspicion of driving under the influence, Hasson said.

Charges have not been filed in the case. Hanson said police are awaiting toxicology results. Medvedev has since been released from police custody.

Medvedev just wrapped his first year with the Flyers — and in the NHL — after a lengthy pro career in Russia. He was a fairly regular lineup presence in the first half but had his role reduced as the season went along, and ended up appearing in just 45 games.

Medvedev was then a healthy scratch for all of Philadelphia’s opening-round playoff series against the Capitals.

He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Eastern Conference playoff picture is set: Isles’ loss to Flyers means they’ll open at Florida, Rangers to play Pens

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The Flyers had nothing to gain by winning Sunday’s game against the Islanders, but they did it anyway.

The Islanders jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Flyers responded by scoring five unanswered goals (Shayne Gostisbehere, Evgeny Medvedev, Michael Raffl, Scott Laughton, R.J. Umberger).

So, what does this mean for the Eastern Conference playoff picture? Well, the bracket on the East is officially set.

The Islanders’ loss means that they’ll finish in the first Wild Card spot. That means they’ll get a first-round date with the Florida Panthers.

That leaves the Penguins and Rangers to do battle in the two vs. three Metropolitan Division series.

Here’s how the whole bracket looks:

–Washington Capitals (1) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (WC 2)

–Florida Panthers (2) vs. New York Islanders (WC 1)

–Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic 2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (Atlantic 3)

–Pittsburgh Penguins (Metro 2) vs. New York Rangers (Metro 3)

Some people suggested the Islanders didn’t dress some of their big names because they wanted to lose the game and avoid the Penguins, but the Panthers won’t be an easy out. Florida finished the season with a 47-26-9 record.

Panthers co-owner Doug Cifu’s comments will surely be talked about at length leading up to the start of the series.

“I guess the Rangers have a great, world-class goalie, so in a coin flip, I’d probably prefer to play the Islanders,” Cifu said prior to the matchup being finalized, per Sportsnet. “It’ll be a great atmosphere. There’s a ton of transplanted New Yorkers down there [in Sunrise], so the Rangers and Islanders games tend to be packed in our building anyhow.”

Flyers lose MacDonald to upper-body injury

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The Flyers announced today that defenseman Andrew MacDonald will miss Wednesday’s big game in Detroit with an upper-body injury.

MacDonald is considered day-to-day after getting knocked out of Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh on a hit by the Penguins’ Tom Kunhackl.

It’s expected that Evgeny Medvedev will take MacDonald’s spot in the lineup against the Red Wings. Medvedev hasn’t played since March 12, more than three weeks ago.

The Flyers have four games left in the regular season, all in a five-day span — at Detroit Wednesday, home to Toronto Thursday, home to Pittsburgh Saturday, and at the Islanders Sunday.

According to Sports Club Stats, they have a 78.7 percent chance of making the playoffs.

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Report: Veteran d-man Lepisto garnering interest from NHL clubs

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Finnish d-man Sami Lepisto, who played in nearly 200 NHL games with the Capitals, Coyotes, Blue Jackets and Blackhawks, is reportedly being eyeballed for a potential North American return.

Per Russian news outlet Championat, Lepisto — who’s been playing in the KHL for the last four years — has received offers from NHL teams, according to the GM of his Russian-based club, Ufa.

Lepisto, 31, has enjoyed some fairly productive seasons in the KHL, though none better than this year, when he scored a career-best 11 goals and 30 points in 60 games.

Ufa’s GM, Leonid Vaisfeld, reportedly likened a Lepisto-NHL move to that of Evgeny Medvedev — who, last summer, left Ak-Bars Kazan at age 32 to sign with the Flyers. Medvedev has appeared in 44 games for Philly this season, registering 11 points.

Lepisto’s KHL contract is up this year.

Lepisto hasn’t played in the NHL since ’11-12, when he was with Chicago. In addition to his solid play in the KHL, he’s also maintained a regular place in the Finnish national team lineup, appearing in both the World Championships and the ’14 Winter Olympics in Sochi.