Brayden Schenn Among 3 Flyers to File for Salary Arbitration

It’s been quite a while since any key member of the Flyers elected to file for salary arbitration and actually went through the hearing process.
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto filed last summer but signed before his hearing.
On Monday afternoon, forward Brayden Schenn became the second-most important Flyer in recent times to file.
By filing, Schenn’s agent, Don Meehan, pretty much assures his client will get a contract. The Flyers qualified Schenn, who earned $2.75 million last season, on June 30.
He is a restricted free agent, who could earn close to $5 million a season on his next deal.
Also filing were defenseman Brandon Manning and forward Jordan Weal. Twenty-four players filed throughout the NHL.
General manager Ron Hextall said on July 1 with regards to re-signing Schenn, “You guys all know that’ll get done. That’s not an issue.”
Asked Monday night whether he was caught by surprise on the filing, Hextall had no comment.
Any progress at all?
“Not really,” Meehan said. “We filed for arbitration today. Working with Ron on the file.”
Ideally, the Flyers would like to lock the 24-year-old up to at least a four-year contract.
Schenn has his most productive year of his career last season with career highs in goals (26), assists (33) and points (59) while proving he can play the wing on Claude Giroux’s line with Wayne Simmonds on the right side.
During his five seasons here, it’s been argued just what position best suits him and whether he’s more effective at center than wing. Last season, Schenn proved it was on the wing.
Schenn finished second in goals to Simmonds (32) and third in points behind Giroux (67) and Simmonds (60).
Manning’s filing is dicey given the club signed T.J. Brennan earlier in the day.
As for Weal, his filing is even more dicey given he played just four games here and has 14 career games in the NHL.
Weal was part of the Vinny Lecavalier/Luke Schenn trade with Los Angeles last season.
Arbitration hearings begin July 20 and run through Aug. 6.

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