Flyers pick up first-round draft pick in trade for Walker

Sean Walker

 

True to his word, Flyers general manager Daniel Briere pulled the trigger on a trade Wednesday which could be the first of several.

With the NHL trade deadline coming up on Friday, Briere moved aggressively by acquiring Colorado center Ryan Johansen and a 2025 first-round draft pick in exchange for defenseman Sean Walker and a fifth-round pick in 2026.

Shortly after the trade, the Flyers put Johansen on waivers. The Flyers would appear to have no intention of retaining his $8-million contract, which has this year and next year left to run.

Walker, 29, was acquired in last year’s Ivan Provorov trade with Los Angeles.

In 63 games with the Flyers, he produced six goals/22 points with a plus-9. He was a steady performer for the Flyers and was a big part of why the Flyers lead the NHL in shorthanded goals with 14. His steady partner was Nick Seeler.

>New contract for Seeler

Shortly after the Walker deal was completed, Briere announced a new contract for Seeler.

He was signed to a four-year, $10.8-million extension ($2.7 million AAV).

The extension begins with the 2024-25 season.

Seeler, 30, has recorded one goal/12 points this season. He has 184 blocked shots (leading the NHL) and plus-15 rating in 63 games.

The Eden Prairie, Minnesota native was nominated by Philadelphia’s chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association for the 2022-23  Bill Masterton Trophy which is given to the player who best exemplifies perservance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

      Walker, 29, was acquired in last year’s Ivan Provorov trade with Los Angeles.

      In 63 games with the Flyers, he produced six goals/22 points with a plus-9. He was a steady performer for the Flyers and was a big part of why the Flyers lead the NHL in shorthanded goals with 14. His steady partner was Nick Seeler.

        >New contract for Seeler

      Shortly after the Walker deal was completed, Briere announced a new contract for Seeler.

      He was signed to a four-year, $10.8-million extension ($2.7 million AAV).

      The extension begins with the 2024-25 season.

      Seeler, 30, has recorded one goal/12 points this season. He has 184 blocked shots (leading the NHL) and plus-15 rating in 63 games.

      The Eden Prairie, Minnesota native was nominated by Philadelphia’s chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association for the 2022-23  Bill Masterton Trophy which is given to the player who best exemplifies perservance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.


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