The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Friday the signing of defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to a six year contract. The deal is reportedly worth $27 million, and carries an annual cap hit of $4.5 million.
Gostisbehere, a 24 year old third round pick from 2012, broke onto the NHL scene two seasons ago as a dynamic offensive defenseman. He scored at a historic pace for a rookie blue-liner, scoring 46 points in 64 games, including a 15 game point streak. His mid-season call up helped the Flyers surge into the postseason. For his efforts, “Ghost” finished second in voting for the Calder Trophy which is given to the league’s best rookie.
Gostisbehere’s second year wasn’t as strong; his scoring dipped and he found himself in the press box as a healthy scratch on a few occasions. But he is still an talented young defenseman, something the Flyers can’t afford to let go right now. Ghost is a big part of the future, and he knows it.
“With everything that’s going on here – we’ve got some young guys coming up and we’ve already got some key pieces – it’s nice to know you’re part of the future and part of the plans,” Gostisbehere said in the Flyers’ press release. “There’s many more steps to come and hopefully it leads to some great things.”
After the signing, the Flyers have roughly $8.6 million in remaining cap space according to CapFriendly.com.