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The Flyers announced via Twitter today that they have agreed to terms with pending UFA D Nick Schultz. The deal is 2 years long and will carry an AAV of 2.25 million dollars.
As for the price and the term, it definitely could have been worse. Schultz has had the best year of his career in 2014-15, and he does deserve another NHL contract because of it.
The point still remains that it just isn’t smart to sign aging and limited guys like Schultz for multiple seasons.
That 2.25 million dollars will still be on the books next summer when the Flyers will be looking to extend forwards Voracek, Raffl, Couturier, and Schenn. Given that Schultz is, at best, a third pairing defenseman on a good team, it just doesn’t seem smart to jeopardize any of those extensions in order to assure that he will be around.
The reality is that guys like Schultz are not difficult to find. The Flyers found three of them (Schultz, Del Zotto, Colaiacovo) late this summer and were able to sign them to cheap one year deals. While this isn’t the end of the world, committing to an aging Schultz for two more seasons just isn’t the best move.