The Philadelphia Flyers saw forward Brayden Schenn elect to head to arbitration this summer, coming off of a two year bridge deal with the Metropolitan Division club.
Now, with the arbitration hearing between the player and the club just two days away, it seems the two sides aren’t close to settling early.
Elliotte Friedman reported on Saturday morning that the club is heading into arbitration offering a reported two year deal, which would pay out $4.25 million in the first season and just under $4.37 million in the second year.
Schenn’s party, suggests Friedman, have countered by asking for $5.5 million.
After putting up a career high 26 goals and 59 points, the forward has a case to make for wanting to get paid this summer. He finished the year second in goals scored and third in points, and could continue to get better in coming seasons.
For the Flyers, though, it’s understandable to come in offering a lower salary. The team has been burned by bigger contracts in recent years, and they likely want to get as many players inked to cost-effective deals as they can while they attempt to return to being playoff contenders on a yearly basis.
Unless the two sides are able to come to terms in the next two days (which seems unlikely), Schenn and the Flyers will begin their arbitration hearing on July 25th. Schenn is one of three players that the team saw file for arbitration this summer, although one of the three – fellow forward Jordan Weal – has already settled on a new deal for the coming season.