Report: Flyers extend defenseman Travis Sanheim with 8-year deal

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The Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Travis Sanheim agreed to an eight-year contract extension worth $50 million on Thursday.

Sanheim, 26, was the Flyers’ first-round draft pick in 2014. He made his NHL debut in 2017-18 and has spent six seasons with the Flyers, amassing 116 points (29 goals, 87 assists) in 335 games.

“Obviously, I’m really excited. It’s a huge day not only for me, but for my family and friends as well,” Sanheim said in a news release. “To be drafted not only by Philly, but in Philly, and now to sign a long-term deal here, it means a lot. I love this city, love the fan base and I’m excited to turn this around and get things going. There’s no better place to win than Philly.”

Flyers extend Travis Sanheim

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Mar 31, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim (6) shoot the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, Sanheim posted 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) in 80 games and set career highs in plus-minus (plus-9), penalty minutes (34) and average time on ice (22:58 per game).

“We’re extremely happy to have Travis under long-term contract and see him as a key piece of our team’s future,” general manager and president of hockey operations Chuck Fletcher said in a news release. “Travis has improved each season to become a highly reliable player and key contributor on our blueline. Furthermore, he is someone who has developed his entire career with us and has grown into a valuable leader for our team.”

The announcement came an hour before the puck dropped on the Flyers’ season with a home game against the New Jersey Devils.

–Field Level Media