A trip home to Vancouver could have won Jordan Weal over.

Instead the 25-year-old, who was in the unique situation of being an unrestricted free agent, decided to stay with the Flyers on a two-year contract.

Monday began the league’s courting period for unrestricted free agents so Weal was free to speak with teams like his hometown Canucks and spoke with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights about a potential deal last week. He couldn’t have signed deals with any of those teams until noon Saturday when free agency begins.

The best fit, apparently, was in Philadelphia.

“It’s awesome. They gave me a great chance last year to play with some great players,” Weal said. “I think this is the group that’s headed in the right direction. We’ve got a lot of talent and skill, especially with some of the additions we’ve made. I’m just really excited to get back and start the year the way we finished it.”

In his final seven games of the season Weal had seven points, including four goals.

He will likely have a big role going forward despite having only 37 games of NHL experience between the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings.

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