Flyers bring back depth defenseman


Nick Seeler said he'd "love to stick around here."

He got his wish Thursday.

The Flyers re-signed the hard-working depth defenseman to a two-year, $1.55 million contract. The deal is a one-way contract in Year 1 and a two-way contract in Year 2, while the average annual value of it is $775,000.

As the club's seventh defenseman this season, Seeler played 43 games and finished with a goal and two assists. Seeler, who turns 29 years old next month, had a minus-3 mark, 75 hits and 67 blocked shots in 13:05 minutes per game.

He finished the year on the shelf with a lower-body injury but had been skating and was just about healthy when the Flyers' disappointing season wrapped up.

"It's been a good recovery," Seeler said at his end-of-the-season press conference last month. "Going into the summer healthy is a really good thing. I got a few skates in under my belt with the team, which was nice, just to be back with the guys. I feel great and healthy."

Seeler showed he could be a reliable seventh defenseman, a role that is important throughout a season. He plays a gritty defensive-minded game, has solid mobility and will once again be competing for a depth spot when training camp rolls around in September.

The 2021-22 campaign was Seeler's first with the Flyers. Fans quickly got to know him when he fought the Kraken's 6-foot-7 Jamie Oleksiak during the team's first win of the season back in October. Seeler was fired up and so was the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center.

Seeler, who didn't play at all the previous season, was drafted in 2011 by Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr when the two were with the Wild. 

"I've had some really positive feedback about my game this year and my development," Seeler said. "They obviously knew me before, Chuck and Brent, but not playing the year prior, then coming in and earning that spot here. But right now, it's all just continue to grow my game and having a big summer and going into the summer healthy.

"This organization, it's first class and it really felt like home. From the staff on down, great group of guys, great fans. I truly love it here."

The makeup and stability of the Flyers' defensive group next season will hinge heavily on the health of top-pair guy Ryan Ellis. He was the club's prized offseason addition last summer and played in only four games. The Flyers finished 25-46-11 and Ivan Provorov had a rotating cast of partners for a second straight season.

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