Saturday, April 8, 2017

Tye McGinn Autograph Card

This entire card will not be making the NHL playoffs this year:
The Philadelphia Flyers were eliminated more than a week ago, so that took care of that. Then, Tye McGinn, now part of the Tampa Bay Lightning's depth chart - he suited up in two games last season with no points or penalty minutes and suffered a pretty bad injury in late October that compromised his AHL season - who were also eliminated, along with the New York Islanders, when the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, will also not see NHL postseason action this year.

And, of course, this is the signed insert version - a blue-sharpied, on-sticker autograph - of card #626 from Panini's 2013-14 Score set and Hot Rookies and Dual Rookie Class sub-sets, showing McGinn wearing the Flyers' current/retro orange (now-home) uniform... and Panini is no longer an NHL-licensed card manufacturer after the second post-lockout backroom deal cut by Upper Deck in ten years.

It should be noted that McGinn was nearly a point-per-game player upon his return, with 16 points (9 goals and 7 assists) in 19 games with the Syracuse Crunch. He had accepted a drop of salary entering the 2016-17 season, going from $625K to $550K, and I'm guessing the Bolts will not re-sign him this summer. I'm curious to see where he'll end up.

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