June 5, 2023

Flyers & Travis Sanheim agree to new deal to avoid arbitration


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No arbitration hearing was needed for the Flyers and Travis Sanheim as they’ve agreed to a new two-year, $9.35 million contract.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman first reported the deal.

Sanheim and the Flyers were scheduled for an arbitration hearing on August 26th after the team elected to file for arbitration on August 2, but since the two sides have reached an agreement, the hearing will no longer be necessary.

Sanheim, 25, is coming off a down season where he recorded three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 55 games while also posting a dreadful minus-22, by far a career worst. Sanheim was called upon to record some tougher minutes due to Matt Niskanen’s retirement coupled with other defensemen also taking a step backwards in their games, and it did not pan out very well for the former 2014 first-round draft selection.

Sanheim has spent 255 games in the NHL, all being in Philadelphia since he made his debut on October 5, 2017 against the Los Angeles Kings.

He has posted 22 goals and 63 assists for 85 points in that time. He has also appeared in 20 postseason games for the Flyers, netting two goals and six assists for eight points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With Sanheim’s new contract in the books, the Flyers’ salary cap hit is approximately $82,143,523, which is $643,523 over the cap. This means general manager Chuck Fletcher will have to do a little maneuvering before the season starts to make sure the team is in line with the league’s cap.

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