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Flyers signal Nick Seeler to 4-year contract extension

VOORHEES, N.J. — Nick Seeler is staying in Philadelphia. The Flyers signed their “glue guy” defenseman to a four-year, $10.8 million contract extension Wednesday. The deal has an average annual value of $2.7 million. The contract has a no-trade clause for Years 1 and 2, according to PuckPedia.com. Seeler, a team-oriented, defense-first blueliner, has been

Flyers signal Nick Seeler to 4-year contract extension

VOORHEES, N.J. — Nick Seeler is staying in Philadelphia.

The Flyers signed their “glue guy” defenseman to a four-year, $10.8 million contract extension Wednesday. The deal has a mean annual worth of $2.7 million.

The contract has a no-trade clause for Years 1 and a couple of, in accordance with PuckPedia.com.

Seeler, a team-oriented, defense-first blueliner, has been one of many Flyers’ greatest on the again finish this season. He leads the NHL with 184 blocked photographs and owns a plus-15 ranking whereas taking part in a career-high 16:58 minutes per recreation.

The 30-year-old has blocked 4 or extra photographs in 19 video games this season. The Flyers have grabbed at the very least a degree in 15 of these 19 video games (13-4-2).

“We love what Nick Seeler has offered us,” general manager Danny Briere said in January. “We thought he’d be a sixth, seventh defenseman for us and he has performed method above that, he has performed in our prime 4 for many of the 12 months.”

Seeler is on the ultimate 12 months of a two-year contract with a cap hit of simply $775,000.

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He greater than earned his new deal.

“Seels is that man, I don’t understand how he does it, however like, he’s received no worry when he’s taking part in,” Travis Konecny said in November. “Large blocks huge time of the sport, makes huge performs, offensively, too, he has been contributing. He’s only a man that you really want in your crew. When the crew could also be down, he’s at all times there to spark the fellows with a giant block or a giant play.”

Due to his playoff-like effectiveness on a cut price, expiring contract, Seeler was a well-liked title main as much as Friday’s 3 p.m. ET NHL commerce deadline. However the Flyers, rebuilding in a playoff push, valued him extremely.

“We now have mentioned that from the get-go, we’re not seeking to commerce Seels,” head coach John Tortorella said four days ago. “He is an enormous a part of the competitiveness of the room, that brings that room collectively. He is one of many true rivals that I’ve ever coached so far as how he handles himself.”

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The Flyers signed Nick Seeler to a four-year contract extension.

Seeler has taken an admirable path to this contract extension. He did not play hockey in 2020-21, when the NHL had a shortened 56-game season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I wasn’t certain what my plan was after I took the 12 months off,” Seeler said in February 2023. “I simply wanted type of a psychological and bodily break. A couple of months glided by and began to get that fireside and that keenness again, that true ardour for the sport.”

To get again within the recreation, Seeler signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flyers and gained a job in coaching camp for the 2021-22 season. Final season, he needed to win over a brand new head coach.

In 2023-24, he has been a staple on the Flyers’ second defensive pair alongside Sean Walker, who was traded Wednesday to the Avalanche.

The Flyers needed to place Seeler on injured reserve Wednesday. They’re going to be with out him for at the very least two video games (Thursday and Saturday) after he suffered an harm Monday when he took a shot to the world of his left ankle and foot.

The membership, at a crucial time, has gotten skinny on protection. Jamie Drysdale and Rasmus Ristolainen are out week to week with injuries. 4 of the Flyers’ six wholesome defensemen proper now are 24 years outdated or youthful in Cam York, Egor Zamula, Ronnie Attard and Adam Ginning.

“You have received some younger children on the again finish now getting a while possibly in our subsequent recreation right here,” Tortorella said Wednesday after practice. “That is the best way we have got to take a look at it. You simply fill it in and hopefully Seels will get again as shortly as doable.”

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