Philadelphia Flyers To Re-Sign Erik Johnson To One-Year Deal

The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed veteran defenseman Erik Johnson to a one-year deal with an expected average annual value (AAV) of less than $2 million, according to Flyers' reporter Anthony Di Marco. 

Johnson, 36, was acquired by the Flyers from the Buffalo Sabres at the NHL trade deadline and quickly became a key figure in their defensive lineup. 

Despite being past his prime, Johnson's leadership and experience have proven invaluable to the Flyers' young roster, particularly in the wake of Marc Staal's departure.

General Manager Danny Briere, who played alongside Johnson in Colorado, emphasized the strategic value this re-signing would bring. "Erik Johnson perfectly fits the role we're looking for," Briere stated. "With the financial constraints we have due to dead money on the cap, securing Johnson at this value is a strategic move for us." 

Head coach John Tortorella often paired Johnson with Egor Zamula, and the duo developed strong chemistry. Johnson's return provides the stability and mentorship the team requires, making this re-signing a cost-effective move for the Flyers' upcoming season.

Last year, the 36-year-old recorded two goals, three total points, a -9 plus/minus rating, 29 blocked shots, and 50 hits across 17 games with the Flyers.

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