Last summer, after the Flyers acquired the rights of restricted free agent Jakub Voracek from Columbus in the Jeff Carter trade, the ensuing contract negotiations dragged on longer than those for any other unsigned player on the team.
Talks between Flyers' general manager Paul Holmgren and Voracek's agent, former Flyers' defenseman Petr Svoboda, were not contentious. However, the two sides could not come to an agreement on a long-term contract. Instead, the parties agreed to a one-year deal.
A one-year contract for an RFA almost always means a short-term compromise took place. There was still a gap between the salary figures the two sides wanted, and one side or the other (usually the player's side) was not comfortable committing to the final one-year figure for multiple seasons.