Narrowly avoiding their arbitration hearing, which was scheduled for Monday morning, the Philadephia Flyers and forward Brayden Schenn have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension.
Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Schenn will earn $5.125 million per year.
Heading into arbitration, the two camps were over a million dollars apart – the Flyers were offering around $4.3 million for two years and Schenn’s ask was $5.5 million. With the final number landing closer to the player’s ask, it’s likely that Philadelphia was willing to shell out slightly more money to buy out a few years of unrestricted free agency.
Schenn has been with the Flyers since the 2011-12 season, when he was traded from the Los Angeles Kings organization in the deal that sent then-captain Mike Richards to the west coast. His brother, Luke Schenn, was a Flyer at the time, though he signed this summer with the Arizona Coyotes after a brief stint with the Kings.
Last season, Schenn put up a career-best 59 points in 80 games, including a career high of 26 goals. The big change in his play was increased production on the Flyers’ power play, where he had largely been silent prior. His previous high in power play goals was seven — last year he potted 11 on the man advantage.
He posted a career-best 50.9 Corsi For percentage last year, and with the renewed focus on puck movement, he could very well top that in the years to come.
Only 24, Schenn obviously still has some growing to do as he refines his game, but for a Flyers squad that’s rapidly evolving, that’s not a bad thing.