It’s time to come home for Justin Braun, who is signing a one-year, $1MM contract with the Philadelphia Flyers according to Charlie O’Connor of The Athletic. Because it will be a one-year, 35+ contract, Braun is eligible for performance bonuses, which can take the value of the deal to $1.75MM.
He’ll be joined by Nicolas Deslauriers, who is also heading to the Flyers on a four-year deal that will carry an average annual value of $1.75MM. In a lesser move, minor league star Cooper Marody will also be joining the Flyers on a two-year deal, according to his agency Bartlett Hockey.
Braun, 35, played parts of three seasons with the Flyers before ending up traded to the New York Rangers at this year’s deadline. A dependable defensive option, he doesn’t offer much offensive upside and will likely play an even smaller role this year as Philadelphia tries to contend for a playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division.
It’s Deslauriers that will get the headlines, given the four-year term that the physical forward landed in Philadelphia. Already 31, this is a contract that will take him deep into his thirties despite Deslauriers scoring just 44 goals and 85 points in 506 career games.
He offers a bunch of other things, including the ability to drop the gloves, but handing out that many years to a fourth-line player isn’t common in today’s NHL. Still, with a cap hit of just $1.75MM it doesn’t carry a ton of risk for the Flyers, who could bury most of that in the minor leagues if necessary.