The Philadelphia Flyers have brought back a depth defenseman, signing Nick Seeler to a two-year extension that will carry an average annual value of $775K.In the press release, it indicates that the deal is one-way/two-way, presumably meaning that in 2022-23 Seeler will be on a one-way contract, and in 2023-24 he will be on a two-way.
Seeler, 28, saw considerable playing time this season, appearing in 43 games with the Flyers. Though he averaged just over 13 minutes in those contests he was still relatively effective, racking up blocks and hits at a good rate while providing another option on the penalty kill. There’s no mistaking Seeler for a top-pairing option, but at this price, he doesn’t have to be.
In fact, there’s no guarantee he even sees the lineup as often next season given the situation the Flyers currently find themselves in. Cam York and Ronnie Attard will both likely push for full-time minutes, while the team still expects Ryan Ellis to return to full strength at some point. That would already give the team six NHL options before even considering any additions made in free agency, or a young player like Yegor Zamula taking a considerable step in his development.
For Seeler, the two-year term provides a bit of security, and $775K would be the highest salary of his career to this point.