On May 7th, the Flyers named Paul Holmgren as the team's new president and Ron Hextall as the team's new general manager. As Hextall begins his first offseason as an NHL general manager, there's no telling what to expect from the Flyers. One thing he did come out as say last week was he did not expect major changes for the Flyers this offseason.
So retaining young players would likely be a priority for the team as they head into next season.
The Flyers are 0-for-1 this offseason on retaining young, restricted free agents. Defenseman Erik Gustafsson signed a contract with Avangard Omsk of the KHL last week. But there is still hope for another young, restricted free agent: Brayden Schenn.
Hextall told CSN Philly retaining Schenn is the team's "first priority" this offseason. With that being said, Hextall was quick to explain that he did not have a timeline for when people could expect Schenn to sign as he is a restricted free agent which gives the team a little more room to operate with the July 1st opening of unrestricted free agency breathing down their necks.
Schenn, who turns 23 in August, is coming off his best season as a professional setting career highs in goals (20), assists (21), points (41), game-winning goals (6) and games played (82). There is some concern surrounding the organization and Schenn's return as he is a natural center who is not nearly as productive out on the wing. The same can be said for Vinny Lecavalier who is signed through 2018 with a no-movement clause. Where will Schenn play? That's a question for the coaching staff.
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