Philadelphia Flyers extending D Justin Braun; Matt Niskanen leans towards retirement


The Philadelphia Flyers signed defenseman Justin Braun for a two-year extension on Monday after losing compatriot Matt Niskanen to retirement.Braun’s new deal has an average annual value of $ 1.8 million. The 33-year-old scored three goals and 19 points in 62 games last season, averaging 17:16 on the ice. He added two assists in 16 games on the return to play.

Braun was acquired by the Flyers last June from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for second and third round picks in the 2019 NHL Draft.

TSN Hockey insider Pierre LeBrun reported earlier Monday that Niskanen was leaning toward retirement this offseason and had let teammates know he had no plans to fire the Flyers for the final year of his contract.

The 33-year-old was signed next season with a cap of $ 5.75 million. His contract would not be taken into account in the Flyers’ salary cap if he deposited pension papers.

Niskanen has eight goals and 33 points in 68 games this season. He added a goal and an assist in 15 games on the return to play.

A 949-game veteran, Niskanen has recorded 72 goals and 356 points during his career with the Flyers, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars.


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