Philadelphia Flyers F Brayden Schenn Files for Arbitration

The Philadelphia Flyers and Brayden Schenn may not reach a long term deal this summer-again-as Schenn has filed for arbitration as a restricted free agent

Tim Panaccio is reporting that agent Don Meehan has filed for arbitration on behalf of Brayden Schenn. Just yesterday we wrote at length about how signing Schenn must be the Philadelphia Flyers top priority, but valuing the player is a little tricky.

Notably, last season the Flyers and GM Ron Hextall declined to sign Schenn long term despite doing so for Sean Couturier. Many seemed to presume that Schenn would finally get his long term deal this summer after his red hot second half.

Instead Schenn, a restricted free agent, has exercised his right to take his contract negotiations to an independent arbitrator. Today was the deadline to request arbitration, and a date for the hearing will be set for later this summer. Schenn is one 24 NHL players (and 3 Flyers) to file for arbitration today. In the meantime, the Flyers and Schenn can still negotiate and agree to a deal before the arbitration hearing even takes place.

Under the NHL arbitration rules in cases where a player files for arbitration, the team can decide if the arbitrated contract will be a 1 or 2-year deal. If the Flyers don’t like the deal, they could walk away from it, and Schenn becomes a unrestricted free agent.

This negotiation between the Flyers and Schenn just got a whole lot more interesting.