Flyers sign Garnet Hathaway to two-year extension

Garnet Hathaway wouldn't have hit free agency until next summer. Instead, the Flyers have locked him up for an extra two years.
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The Flyers got a head start on some future business, extending Garnet Hathaway for two seasons. The contract will begin in the 2025-26 season and keep Hathaway in Philadelphia for at least three more years.

Hathaway signed a two-year, 4.75M deal last summer. He will get a slight raise once his extension kicks in next year. He will bump up to a 4.8M deal, which will run at 2.4M per season. It's a nice bit of work from Danny Briere to bring back a depth piece that has worked out well for the Flyers.

"Garnet has been a great addition to our team and we're very happy to extend him to be a Flyer for the next several seasons," Briere said in a statement released by the team. "His style of play and level of professionalism had a big effect on our group last season, and he embodies the standard our team set out to build both on and off the ice."

Hathaway signs two-year extension in Philadelphia

Hathaway appeared in all 82 games for the Flyers, posting seven goals and 17 points. It was his best output points-wise since 2021-22 with the Capitals where he had 26 points. That was also his best season in the NHL overall.

But Hathaway is more known for his physical style of play. He's a hardworking, gritty player who isn't afraid to mix things up if he needs to. He's a solid penalty killer and provides the Flyers with depth at the bottom of the lineup. Hathaway's 132 penalty minutes weren't the best, but it's the nature of playing the type of game that he does.

This deal allows Hathaway to not have to worry about heading into this season in a contract year. That can sometimes way on a player's mind and take away from their game. This way, Hathaway can continue to focus on the things that he does best. As the Flyers continue through their rebuild, having a veteran like Hathaway around is a solid move.

It's the second "major" move the Flyers have done to open up free agency. They also re-signed Erik Johnson on a one-year deal.