Forward Brayden Schenn agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, avoiding arbitration. Financial terms were not disclosed but the contract has an average annual value of $5.125 million, according to TSN.
Schenn, 24, who was a restricted free agent, was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Monday. But a conversation before the start of the hearing led to the agreement being reached.
"We were on our way into the hearing," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said on a conference call. "We had talked prior on our way in. We got into a pretty good conversation and we ended up settling at 9:45 [a.m.]. Hearing was supposed to start at 9 o'clock. [The arbitrator] was patient with us and allowed us time to get the deal done."
Schenn had NHL career highs of 26 goals, 33 assists and 59 points in 80 games last season. Schenn also had five game-winning goals (tied for the Flyers lead), 11 power-play goals (second) and 22 power-play points (tied for third).
"Brayden is a very good young player who has continued to get better and we hope he continues to get better," Hextall said. "… The good thing for us and Brayden is he's gotten better every year. He's a hard worker and he's starting to figure out some of the little intricacies of the game. He had his best year to this point this past season so hopefully he continues to build on that. I believe he will."
In seven seasons with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings, Schenn has 84 goals, 193 points and 179 penalty minutes in 354 regular-season games. He has three goals and 11 points in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Schenn is the second Flyers player to settle before going to arbitration; they agreed to terms with Jordan Weal on a new contract July 11. They have one arbitration hearing still scheduled, with defenseman Brandon Manning on Aug. 2.