Hextall continues this offseason with another free agency signing. T.J. Brennan, a Moorestown, NJ native, is a two-time Eddie Shore award winner as the AHL’s top defenseman. Last season in 69 games with the Toronto Marlies, Brennan had 25 goals and 68 points. This is a multi-year deal and is 2-way. His salary will be $625 AAV, and if need be, his cap can count strictly for the Phantoms.
This 6 foot 1, 215-pound offensive defensemen is a great organizational depth signing, expected to help young defensive prospects develop with the Phantoms. The New Jersey native is expected to play alongside Travis Sanheim and give the Phantoms even more offensive power. The 27-year-old had a chance to play elsewhere, but after a career that has had him moving around quite a bit, he turned down other offers to play for his hometown team.
“In my mind, the Flyers were my only option,” Brennan said. “To be honest, I was prepared to not play hockey this year if we couldn’t negotiate a contract with the Flyers. I’m excited that things obviously have worked out. I believe in doing things for the right reasons. I’m very ecstatic that things have worked out for numerous reasons.”
Brennan has had an up and down career over the past seven years. Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, Brennan has only played 53 NHL games since 2011-12. In small NHL window he’s had, Brennan scored 5 goals and 8 assists. At this point, Brennan seems happy just to be playing in the Flyers system. He doesn’t care if he’s headed for the AHL again or if he finally gets a chance to solidify himself as an NHL regular. Brennan comes ready to give 100% to his childhood team.
With Brennan added to a defensive unit that includes Sanheim, Morin, Alt, and Hagg, the Phantoms are expected to be playoff contenders.