Free agent defenseman TJ Brennan was one of the heaviest lifters on a high-powered Toronto Marlies AHL squad during the 2015-16 season.
He led the minor league club in regular season scoring, putting up 68 points in 69 regular season games, then pitched in with five goals and nine points in 15 postseason appearances. He also took home the Eddie Shore Award as AHL defenseman of the year for his performance, participated in the AHL All-Star Game, and was named to the First AHL All Star Team.
Despite his strong performance for the Marlies last year, though,the Leafs will not see the Willingboro, New Jersey native return to their roster next year.
The Philadelphia Flyers confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Brennan, a former second-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres, has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Metropolitan Division club. Per the team, the locally-raised defenseman will come back home after a decade away, joining the Flyers within their organization on what is potentially a two-way deal.
After playing his junior hockey for the Philadelphia Little Flyers junior organization, Brennan moved to the QMJHL for the 2006-07 season to play for the St. John’s Fog Devils. He first went pro in 2009, playing for the AHL’s Portland Pirates, and has moved around the country at the minor league level ever since.
Although Brennan will likely serve as a leadership piece and potential call-up depth option at the AHL level for most of the season, he does come to the Flyers organization with a bit of NHL experience under his belt. Over 53 games between the Sabres, Maple Leafs, and Florida Panthers, he’s put up five goals and 13 points; if the Flyers need to call him up, he’ll be a good option.