Shayne Gostisbehere Inks Six-Year Extension
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Shayne Gostisbehere to a six-year, $27 million contract extension. (Elsa, getty images)
Another piece of the Flyers’ puzzle is in place, although it’s one anyone could have seen from a mile away.
The only question was how expensive the piece was and for Shayne Gostisbehere, the Calder Trophy runner-up who had an up-and-down sophomore season, it’s a reasonable value.
Friday the 24-year-old defenseman inked a six-year contract worth $27 million.
“I’m excited to have Shayne under contract,” general manager Ron Hextall said. “We all know his upside. We’ve seen it. And again, he’s a very good young defenseman and certainly fits into our vision moving forward here.”
Gostisbehere was a restricted free agent, so the Flyers weren’t really at risk of losing him anytime soon. Still, the third-round pick in 2012 represents the team’s youth movement, especially on defense.
Ivan Provorov made the team last year as a 19-year-old and the two vacancies on the Flyers’ blueline are expected to be filled with some combination of prospects Sam Morin, Robert Hagg, Travis Sanheim and/or Phil Myers.