With under an hour remaining the 3:00 P.M. E.S.T. NHL trade deadline, Scott Laughton and the Philadelphia Flyers nailed down a five-year contract extension worth $15 million with an average annual value of $3 million.

The 26-year-old Laughton was set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason for the first time in his NHL career, but he is not going anywhere.

Six days ago, Laughton said: “I love it here in Philly, I love the staff here, I love the guys here.”

With the Flyers disappointing everyone this season, Laughton had become a popular one on the trade market.

He was valued highly by the Flyers, and so he should. Laughton has become a big key for the Flyers. He has gotten better and better, as well.

In the 2019-20 playoffs, Laughton led the Flyers in goals with five. Over the last two seasons, the forward has 20 goals and 24 assists (all at even strength) in 87 games. During that span, his on-ice goal differential at even strength is plus-20, second best on the Flyers to only Sean Couturier (plus-23).