One down, 11 to go. The Philadelphia Flyers avoided an offseason headache by signing goalie Steve Mason to a new deal yesterday, leaving them with 11 more expiring contracts to resolve. While there is numerous players that Philadelphia would love to bring back, none are more important than forward Brayden Schenn.
Schenn, who is a restricted free agent at the end of the season, has already set a career-high in points this season with 30. This season marks the final year of Schenn’s entry-level contract, one that saw him making less than a $1 million in each of the last three seasons.
Schenn has easily been one of the most offensively productive players for the orange and black this season. He’s tied with captain Claude Giroux for second on the team with 13 goals. Only Jakub Voracek (14) and Wayne Simmonds (16) have scored more than Schenn.
With nothing but improvement over the past few seasons, Schenn’s situation is going to benefit him greatly, especially with him being a restricted free agent. With much better numbers being produced than an entry level contract would pay, Schenn will be seeing a larger chunk of change coming his way. With other teams having the opportunity to sign the young center, perhaps Schenn will see an even bigger number being thrown his way than initially expected.
It would be absurd for the Flyers to let Schenn slip through their fingers though. He was sort of a diamond in the rough for the club. Nobody expected him to be as good as he is — not this quickly at least.
We all know Philadelphia doesn’t exactly draft the purest of goal scorers either. As a matter of fact, the only player on the Flyers with 10 or more goals who was actually drafted by the organization is Giroux. The other six were acquired via other means. Keeping Schenn around for as long as they can is an absolute no-brainer.