Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced today that the Flyers and Brayden Schenn have agreed to terms on a four-year extension to avoid arbitration.
The exact figures of the deal are yet to be confirmed but, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the contract will be worth about $20 million over the course of the deal, with a $5.15 million yearly salary cap hit.
The deal comes just a week before Schenn’s arbitration and it continues Philadelphia’s streak of avoiding arbitration – over a decade.
It is also following a breakout year for Schenn. He reached career high’s in goals (26), assists (33) and points (59) in 80 games. Those numbers were good enough for second on the team in goals and third on the team in points, he also led the team in game-winning goals (5).
Although Schenn has traditionally been a center, the 24-year-old found great form on the right wing last season, often beside fellow two-way forward Sean Couturier. He is one of the more senior players in this crop of young Flyers and is becoming more and more integral to their success. Schenn’s ceiling rises every season, and he’ll more than likely trump his points tally of the 2015-16 campaign in 2016-17.
Looking at the stats sheet, you can see that Schenn is one of Philadelphia’s cleaner star players, in the sense that he doesn’t spend too much time in the penalty box. However, this doesn’t mean that Schenn doesn’t adhere to the traditionally physical play of the Flyers. Despite only clocking 33 minutes of penalty minutes last season, the Saskatchewan native doled out a mighty 187 hits, which is pretty major for such a key piece to the playmaking and goal scoring side of the attack.
Signing Brayden Schenn up on a four-year extension was major for the Philadelphia Flyers as not only is he a key player now, but his role within the team will continue to grow until he potentially becomes the face of the franchise.