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July 01, 2024

Veteran d-man Erik Johnson re-signs with Flyers on one-year deal

Johnson was acquired by the Flyers at the trade deadline last season and will be returning for this one as a veteran presence on the blue line.

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Erik Johnson is expected to be back as a Flyer for this season.

UPDATE [12:35 p.m.] – The Flyers made the deal official. Erik Johnson is staying in Philadelphia on a one-year, $1 million deal.

"We're very happy to bring Erik back for next season," GM Danny Brière said in a statement. "Since arriving at the deadline, Erik has fit seamlessly into our locker room and logged important minutes for us. His presence and championship experience, especially for our defensive core of players, will be valuable for our team throughout an entire season."

UPDATE [11:35 a.m.] – Johnson is returning to the Flyers on a one-year, $1 million deal, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman

So, yeah, basically he's coming back on a similar type of deal and to a similar type of role that Staal had last season.


The Flyers appear to have at least one deal lined up when NHL Free Agency opens later today at noon. 

Veteran defenseman Erik Johnson is expected to re-sign with the team, per The Fourth Period's Anthony Di Marco, and on a one-year deal that should hit below $2 million. 

Johnson was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline in March for a 2024 fourth-round draft pick. The Flyers, in the middle of a playoff push, notably got worse that week when general manager Danny Brière traded bounce-back defenseman Sean Walker to the Colorado Avalanche for a 2025 first-rounder, but the trade for Johnson was a move to at least give a relatively inexperience but surprising team something as the 36-year old brought playoff and Stanley Cup winning experience in from his Colorado days. 

Johnson went on to skate in 17 games in a limited depth role, scoring two goals and an assist but at a minus-9 rating with 16:26 of average ice time. 

By the end, the Flyers burnt out and missed the playoffs, but after the loss to the Capitals in Game 82 that officially put a nail in the run, Johnson spoke glowingly of Philadelphia and expressed interest in returning. 

And a couple of weeks ago, word went around, per The Athletic's Kevin Kurz, that the Flyers were willing to discuss the idea with him.

If Johnson returns, it will likely be in a role similar to the one Marc Staal occupied last season, as a senior blue-line presence who won't play much, especially as the year moves along, but will be around to help the younger defensemen in Cam York, Jamie Drysdale, and Egor Zamula progress.

The Flyers are lining up for a big 2025, they just have to stay patient in getting there

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