The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenseman Brandon Manning to a two-year contract extension with an average annual value of $975,000.
The announcement comes one day after the Flyers reached a four-year, $20.5 million agreement with forward Brayden Schenn. Manning, a restricted free agent, was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing later this week. He earned $625,000 this past year on the one-year deal he signed last offseason.
Manning, 26, completed his first full season in the NHL with the Flyers this past year, scoring one goal and seven points in 56 regular-season games. He added one assist in the Flyers’ first-round playoff series against the Capitals. Manning has one goal and 12 points in 77 career regular-season games, all with the Flyers.
Like last year, Manning is likely to slot in as the team’s seventh defenseman heading into the season, though that could change. A lot of it depends on whether defensive prospect Ivan Provorov will make the team out of training camp. Also, if the Flyers decide to waive Andrew MacDonald like they did last season, Manning could again play a larger role than expected. Either way, he will be a solid option for head coach Dave Hakstol, especially in case of injury.
This is a significant deal for the Flyers, as Manning was the final free agent left to be re-signed. With Manning signed, the Flyers now have 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies under contract for the 2016-2017 season.
According to General Fanager, Manning, Mark Streit, Andrew MacDonald, Michael Del Zotto, Radko Gudas, Nick Schultz and Shayne Gostisbehere account for $21.625 million of the team’s salary cap.
The group of 14 forwards, consisting of Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read, Dale Weise, Michacel Raffl, Boyd Gordon, Scott Laughton, Nick Cousins, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Chris VandeVelde and Jordan Weal, accounts for a little over $43 million.
Lastly, Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, the team’s netminders, are responsible for a combined cap hit of $5.725 million.
This leaves the Flyers with a little over $1 million in cap space moving forward. However, the final numbers will depend on the results of training camp.
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