The Philadelphia Flyers have some work to do this off-season. While signing another big name player doesn't seem like the route they will go again this year, they have some players currently on the roster that they need to lock up. A player that needs to be their number one priority to re-sign this off-season is Brayden Schenn.
New Flyers GM Ron Hextall told CSN's John Boruk that re-signing Brayden Schenn is a top priority. He Said,
"Brayden Schenn would be our first priority. Brayden’s a good young player, and we’d like to get him under contract as soon as possible. But again, there’s timelines there. It might be training camp, it might be July. I really can’t say. But obviously he’s a priority. When you’re looking at our cap space, we’ve got to save some room."
Brayden Schenn is just 22 years old and has so much room to grow. The former Kings prospect was a major piece of the Mike Richards trade. Schenn has seen his numbers improve each season in the NHL. In his first season with the Flyers, he played in 54 games and scored 12 goals to go along with 6 assists. In limited playing time, we got to see how much potential Brayden Schenn really had.
In his second season with the Flyers Schenn scored 8 goals but also had 18 assists. 2012-13 was Schenn's highest points total, and fans once again saw the potential that had been surrounding him for years. While he had bounced back and forth between the NHL and the AHL it was obvious that Schenn was ready to have a break-out season in 2013-14.
This past season, we finally did see the break-out season we have been hoping for. He scored 20 goals and had 21 assists. Those numbers were good enough for 6th on the team for total points. Schenn not only proved that he can be a big-time goal scorer in the NHL, but showed that he brings a physical presence every time he is on the ice. It seems like almost every game Brayden Schenn makes a big hit that changes the tempo of the game to benefit the Flyers.
In this years draft class, there are a few big name centers that will be unrestricted free agents. The players that will be looking for new contracts will be Paul Stastny, Dave Bolland, David Legwand, Saku Koivu and a few others. All of these players will likely command huge contracts, and that is simply not an option for the Flyers as they do not have the cap space.
Bringing back Brayden Schenn is the right move for both parties. The Flyers will be able to sign him to a contract of either 2 or 3 years at a home town discount. It is unclear what kind of interest he would draw on the open market and what type of money he could bring in. Staying in Philadelphia will allow Brayden to play along side his older brother Luke for a few more seasons, which is obviously something that interests him. GM Ron Hextall will probably give Schenn the best offer he will get it, and Flyers fans would be thrilled to have him back to watch him grow with the young core.