Friday, June 09, 2017

Gostisbehere Signs Extension

The key restricted free agents are starting to fall off the list, as the Stanley Cup Finals wind down and we near the true beginning of the NHL's silly off-season.

The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Friday afternoon that they have re-signed defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to a new multi-year deal.  The deal works out to be a 6-year, $27 million contract, which works out to be a $4.5 million cap hit per season, one hell of a deal for a premier defenseman.

The 24-year old finished his sophomore season without the same kind of fanfare his rookie season finished with, but it was still more than pool worthy, as his scoring totals were good enough for 28th among all defensemen, scoring 7 goals and 39 points in 76 games.

The Flyers blueline is starting to develop into quite the powerhouse, as the youth movement has proven to be quite lucrative, when it comes to their offense.  Between Gostisbehere and 2017 rookie Ivan Provorov, these two will be the catalysts for a good portion of the team's offense in the next few years (and possibly more), which is a great way to work your franchise.  This signing means the Flyers now have four of their five pool worthy defensemen in the 2017 season signed on, but the jury is still out on whether or not they'll bring back Michael Del Zotto, who is likely headed to unrestricted free agency on July 1st.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Claude Giroux 8.275 Andrew MacDonald 5.000 Michal Neuvirth 2.500
Jakub Voracek 8.250 Shayne Gostisbehere 4.500
Brayden Schenn 5.125 Radko Gudas 3.350
Valtteri Filppula 5.000 Ivan Provorov 0.894
Sean Couturier 4.450
Wayne Simmonds 3.975
Matt Read 3.625 Brandon Manning 0.975 Carter Hart 0.793
Dale Weise 2.350 Travis Sanheim 0.863
Michael Raffl 2.350 Mark Friedman 0.749
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 1.450 Reece Willcox 0.680
Oskar Lindbolm 0.925 TJ Brennan 0.625
German Rubtsov 0.925 Philippe Myers 0.623
Travis Konecny 0.894
Pascal Laberge 0.843
Mikhail Vorobyev 0.784
Connor Bunnaman 0.747
Danick Martel 0.680
Radel Fazleev 0.675
Nicolas Aube-Kubel 0.673
Greg Carey 0.650
Colin McDonald 0.633

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