According to a report out of Philadelphia, Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev hasn’t had a great start to his first NHL off-season.
NBC10 has reported that Medvedev, 33, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning for “suspicion of driving under the influence” in Montgomery County, Penn. Lower Moreland police chief Pete Hanson told NBC10 that Medvedev was then arrested and has since been released from police custody, but the police are waiting on toxicology results. No charges have been filed against the Russian defenseman.
The Flyers have not made any comment regarding the situation, but the Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac reported Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall is aware of the report that Medvedev was arrested. Hextall would not comment on the situation.
Medvedev signed a one-year, $3-million contract with the Flyers in the off-season, and 2015-16 was his first campaign in the NHL. It’s hard to call the season a successful one or say the signing worked out the way Philadelphia had hoped, as Medvedev was scratched for 32 games this season and sat out all six of the Flyers’ post-season games against the Washington Capitals. In the 45 games he did play, Medvedev scored four goals and 12 points while averaging nearly 19 minutes of ice time per game.
Prior to coming to the NHL, Medvedev had spent his entire professional career in Russia and played the eight seasons prior to his stint with the Flyers with Ak Bars Kazan. With Kazan, Medvedev scored 31 goals and 141 points in 332 games, and he helped Ak Bars to consecutive league titles in 2008-09 and 2009-10. He was also a three-time all-star in the KHL.
Medvedev translated his play in the KHL to a steady role with the Russian national team and was a member of the Russian team at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, as well as an alternate captain for Russia at the 2015 World Championship. Internationally, Medvedev has won two World Championship golds and one silver.
It seemed unlikely that Medvedev, who had a tough time fitting in with the Flyers, would be back for the 2016-17 season. There’s a possibility the blueliner could return to the KHL next season or continue to test the waters in the North America and see if there’s a fit for him elsewhere in the NHL.