7 Potential UFAs The Flyers Can Actually Afford

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The only other defenseman on this list, veteran Justin Braun, would be a great and inexpensive signing for Fletcher to make with Ellis out indefinitely and no defensive prospect to feel confident about running that third
pairing with Cam York. Braun played for Philadelphia from the 2019-20 season until the March trade deadline last year when he was dealt to the New York Rangers as Fletcher attempted to acquire draft compensation in exchange for allowing some of his veteran upcoming free agents to chase after the Stanley Cup. Braun and the Rangers were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bringing Justin Braun back to Broad St. would be a genius and inexpensive short-term way to work around the unsure timetable of Ryan Ellis’ recovery and return from injury. Zadorov just might be the better solution long-term if Philadelphia will lose Ellis and they have no prospect to replace him, but he will also cost twice as much as Braun would, then the Flyers could use their available cap in the following offseason to make a move.