After a year spent playing hockey in the United Kingdom, Chris Stewart is back in the NHL.
Stewart signed a one-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday worth an average annual value of $750,000, the team announced.
"We're happy to have Chris under contract," president of hockey operations Chuck Fletcher said in the team's release. "Chris came into training camp with a great attitude and a strong work-ethic. He brings size and a veteran presence to our lineup."
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Stewart, 31, suited up for five preseason games with the Flyers, chipping in two assists and 14 penalty minutes. A veteran of 10 seasons in the NHL, he spent last year in the EIHL — the UK's Elite Ice Hockey League. He played for the Nottingham Panthers, netting six goals and 13 points in 23 games. The Toronto native's older brother, Anthony, played for Nottingham during the 2012-13 lockout.
The journey is the destination!! Thanks to all my family and friends that held me down during this whole process I’m truly blessed. Let’s get it #FlyOrDie
— chris stewart (@Cstew_7) October 15, 2019
Despite scoring 64 points in 77 games with the Colorado Avalanche back in 2009-10, the 2006 first-round pick (18th overall) never seemed to find his groove. Over the course of his career, he played for Colorado, St. Louis, Buffalo, Anaheim and split 2017-18 — the last time he played in the NHL — with Minnesota and Calgary.
In his last year, he tallied 10 goals and 16 points in 54 games.
Stewart brings familiarity for Fletcher; the former Wild GM acquired him at the trade deadline back in 2015 and signed him to a two-year deal in 2016. The 6-2, 242-pound right winger will bring size to the Flyers lineup and is expected to slot in on the fourth line. A rugged forward, he has 729 penalty minutes along with 321 points in 652 career games and is a perennial 20-point guy.
TSN's Frank Seravalli reported that Stewart could play in the Flyers Tuesday night contest against the last NHL team he played for, the Flames.