The final restricted free agent left on the NHL’s board has signed a new deal. It just so happened that that player was Manitoban Travis Sanheim. On Saturday afternoon, the 25-year-old Elkhorn product agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Flyers on a two-year deal worth a total of $9.35 million.
The Flyers’ former 17th overall selection from the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft just completed his fourth season with Philly while coming off his second contract. The deal beginning for the 2021-22 season will pay Sanheim $4.675 million annually for each of the next two seasons.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound defenceman got his start with the AAA U-18 Yellowhead Chiefs, before playing three years of junior hockey with the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen. Sanheim spent one season with the American Hockey League’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms before transitioning full time to the big league.
Through 255 regular season games with the Flyers, Sanheim has been highly productive offensively, putting up 22 goals, 85 points and 97 penalty minutes. Also suiting up in 20 postseason games, he has found the net twice, while adding six assists for eight points and another eight penalty minutes.
Last year, Sanheim put up three goals and 15 points in 55 games played. His career highs in both goals and points came in the 2018-19 season, where he scored nine goals and put up 35 points in his only 82-game regular season. Sanheim has earned an approximate $8.5 million over his career. He will look to double that over the next two seasons in orange and black.