The Flyers third-round pick in 2012 led the Union College Dutchmen to the NCAA Championship in Philadelphia over the weekend. Gostisbehere put out on of the all-time greatest performances from a defenseman with a goal and two assists to go along with a Plus-7 rating in the 7-4 victory over the University of Minnesota.
Flyers fans were beaming but then some post game comments turned the jubilation to trepidation. Gostisbehere was asked by Mark Singelais of The Times Union if he would have more financial leverage signing an entry-level contract with the Flyers now than if he played his senior season at Union and became a free agent next summer. The defenseman responded by saying "I guess you could look at it like that. But when you graduate, you can pick a different team sometimes, so both ways."
That's not exactly reassuring.
Flyers writer Bill Meltzer pointed out an interesting note that it would be is Gostisbehere's best interest to sign with the Flyers as they can offer more money this year than any team can offer next year because there is no bidding war with college free agents. Also, Gostisbehere would burn a year of his entry-level contract earlier by signing with the Flyers, thus, getting him to his first big-time contract a year sooner.
The Daily Gazette's Ken Schott reports Union head coach Rick Bennett expects Gostisbehere to make a decision on his future today.
Financially speaking, Gostisbehere would be silly to pass up an opportunity to cash in on his great season. The 5'11", 170 lbs. defenseman scored nine goals and added 25 assists for 34 points in 42 games this season for the Dutchmen but, along with his offensive prowess, improved his defensive play as well. He was the star on a team that just won a National Championship and won Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four so it is difficult to see his value getting any higher.
If Gostisbehere opts not to sign with the Flyers and become a free agent next summer, it would likely mean he just doesn't want to play in Philadelphia.
Follow Steve on Twitter @SDolan3
Follow Whiz Wit on Twitter @WhizWitSports