The Flyers finally made progress signing their restricted free agents on Monday as they announced they re-signed Travis Sanheim to a two-year, $6.5 million contract which breaks down to $3.25 million a season. This comes as a bit of a surprise, as Sanheim seemed like the one whom the Flyers could snag to a cheap long-term deal much like Gostisbehere or Couturier. It isn’t the end of the world, however, as this deal will expire after Matt Niskanen and his $5.7 million cap hit are off the books. It helps the Flyers in the short term and, if Sanheim continues his progression, he will no doubt make a lot of money when this bridge deal is up.
Flyers Acquire Pitlick
Signing Sanheim was not the only move the Flyers made Monday afternoon, as they traded restricted free agent Ryan Hartman to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Tyler Pitlick. This move, as with all Chuck Fletcher moves thus far, came as a bit of a surprise. Pitlick has one year left on a contract that pays him $1 million a season. My best guess is Ryan Hartman, as a RFA, wanted a dollar number the Flyers couldn’t afford so they shipped him out of town for a cheap fourth liner to take his place. Hartman was acquired at the trade deadline from the Nashville Predators as part of the Wayne Simmonds deal.
Flyers Don’t Qualify Bailey
In a mildly surprising move, the Flyers chose not to send a qualifying offer to forward Justin Bailey, so he will become an unrestricted free agent. After being called up and sent down about a dozen times late in the season after being acquired from the Sabres organization, he dress in 11 games for the Flyers. Given the cap situation and an abundance of bottom six caliber guys, Bailey became expandable.
Flyers Re-sign Elliott
Early Wednesday afternoon, the Flyers re-signed goaltender Brian Elliott to a one-year $2 million contract. With Carter Hart being the unquestioned starter, and no real options in free agency, the Flyers had few options to fill the backup goalie role. Cam Talbot is supposedly drawing interest from multiple teams across the league and, after riding the bench more often than not after being acquired via trade, he had a good reason to not come back. Elliott provides a veteran backup for Hart and could start 25-30 games a season provided he stays healthy.
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)