By Jack Ryan
So, the NHL elite is still hashing out the Stanley Cup, and the Flyers are getting to work to improve for next season.
In this case:
Brayden Schenn’s contract.
At his end-of-the-season media availability, Schenn again hinted he wants to remain in Philly long term as long as the team wants him here too. He also said the two sides didn’t talk contract during the season.
“I believe in this team, I believe in the guys in the locker room,” he said. “We’ll see what happens, see how it plays out. I’ve been here, jeez, five years now. If they want to go long term with me, obviously I want to be a part of this team.”
General manager Ron Hextall said a long-term contract for Schenn is “not going to be the first thing we get done” and that “those things take time,” but he did say signing Schenn would get done. And as has been standard in the Hextall era, the general manager refused to tip his hat.
“There’s a lot of factors that come into play with term, money, cap,” he said. “So I can’t make a blanket comment right now and say that we’ll sign Brayden to a long-term deal. I would certainly be open to it, but I have no idea right now where that’s headed.”