The Flyers locked down the last of their remaining restricted free agents on Tuesday when they signed defenseman Brandon Manning to a two-year deal. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Manning’s new contract is worth a total of $1.95 million.
PHI has signed Brandon Manning to a two-year deal worth $1.95M
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 26, 2016
According to GeneralFanager, Manning will get $950,000 -with a $100,000 signing bonus- in 2016-17 and $1million in 2017-18. Manning served as the Flyers 6th/7th defenseman in his first full NHL season. He put up seven points last season with six assists and a goal in 56 games.
The Flyers blueline is crowded, as usual, with Michael DelZotto, Shayne Gostisbehere, Radko Gudas, Mark Streit, Nick Schultz and Andrew MacDonald already on the roster. With defensive prospect Ivan Provorov expected to break into the lineup as well, what’s the use in signing another bottom pairing defenseman?
Regardless of PHI fans’ thoughts on Manning, his 2-year deal should reassure you that your GM is already accounting for the expansion draft.
— Charlie O’Connor (@BSH_Charlie) July 26, 2016
Manning’s two-year contract could help the Flyers when the expansion draft rolls around. Teams are required to expose one defenseman who is under contract for the 2017-18 season and has played at least 40 games in the previous season or at least 70 games in the two seasons before. Manning will only need to play 14 games this season to fulfill that requirement.
Without Manning, the Flyers would have to play Andrew MacDonald at least 40 games this season. Now, the Flyers can bury MacDonald in the AHL again and get a bit of cap relief.