On Monday it was announced that the Flyers and Sanheim had agreed upon a two-year contract extension that will pay the young defenceman $3.25 million annually for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 NHL seasons. The former first round draft pick (17th overall in 2014) has enjoyed the past two campaigns with Philadelphia, spending time between the Flyers and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in 2017-18, before suiting up for every game for the Flyers this past year.
In 82 games playing as a second pair defender with Philly last season, the Elkhorn product had a productive nine goals, 35 points and 22 penalty minutes. The former Yellowhead Chiefs’ blueliner saw some power play time and and increased amount of trust, thriving in his second year as an NHL pro. Sanheim and fellow Manitoban Nolan Patrick proved to be two of the few bright spots for the Flyers in 2018-19.
“We are very pleased with the progress Travis has made in his young career,” said Flyers’ General Manager Chuck Fletcher in a media release. “He is a skilled, two-way defenseman with excellent size and mobility. He is a big part of our present and our future.”
The Flyers went 37-37-8 in 2018-19, picking up 82 points and finishing the season on a five-game losing streak. Despite a decent start, things went downhill fast for Philadelphia, and former Head Coach Dave Hakstol took the fall in mid-December, less than a month after GM Ron Hextall was let go from his front office position. Philadelphia ended the season in 11th place in the East, 16 points out of the final playoff spot.