The Flyers filed for salary arbitration in negotiations with restricted free-agent defenseman Travis Sanheim, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Monday night.
The deadline for club-elected arbitration was 5 p.m. ET Monday, while the deadline for player-elected arbitration was 5 p.m. ET Sunday. Sanheim, Carter Hart and Connor Bunnaman are the Flyers’ notable restricted free agents this offseason. As expected, all three were extended their qualifying offers last Monday. Only Sanheim was eligible for arbitration.
With the Flyers filing for arbitration, the club and Sanheim’s representation can go to a hearing overseen by an independent arbitrator to settle on a salary. Arbitration hearings are set to begin Aug. 11. General manager Chuck Fletcher and Sanheim’s side can still negotiate and strike a deal before then. That oftentimes happens, but every case is different and a club-elected filing is much less common than player-elected arbitration.
Despite a challenging 2020-21 season, Sanheim is an important piece to the Flyers’ present and future on the back end. The 25-year-old was a first-round pick in 2014 and has the ability to play in all situations. Before last season, Sanheim had made positives strides in consecutive years as more was put on his plate.
Sanheim’s previous deal was a two-year, $6.5 million bridge contract. The Flyers have revamped their defense this offseason with the acquisitions of Ryan Ellis, Rasmus Ristolainen and Keith Yandle.
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