The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly set to lose one of its veteran defenseman, but have retained one for the next two seasons.
Justin Braun signed a two-year contract extension to stay in Philadelphia, the team announced today. His contract’s average annual value is worth $1.8 million, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher confirmed. In addition, the Flyers will reportedly lose fellow defenseman Matt Niskanen to retirement.
Braun recently completed his first season with the Flyers after being acquired in a trade with the San Jose Sharks in June 2019. The 33-year-old recorded 19 points (3 goals, 16 assists) in 62 regular season games for the Orange and Black.
He also registered two assists in 16 playoff games in Toronto, helping the Flyers earn the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Braun was tied for second on the Flyers in blocked shots (84) during the regular season and third with 29 blocks during the playoffs.
As for Niskanen, he will reportedly retire after one season in Philadelphia. The 33-year-old registered 33 points in 68 regular season games for the Flyers, but looks set to hang up his skates after a 14-year NHL career.
Niskanen began his career with the Dallas Stars in 2007 and also spent time with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals before moving to the Flyers in 2019. A former first round draft pick by the Stars in 2005, Niskanen helped the Capitals win the 2017-18 Stanley Cup.
Let’s update this: Matt Niskanen has informed PHI that he will retire. Team asked him to take some time and think about it, he did and stayed with that decision. The Flyers are working on re-signing Justin Braun, do not want to lose two critical members of the PK
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 5, 2020
The Flyers are expected to begin the 2020-21 season in December, according to reports.
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