Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Flyers re-sign Connor Bunnaman to two-year contract
The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed forward Connor Bunnaman to a two-year, two-way/one-way contract with an average annual value of $750,000, according to President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Chuck Fletcher.
Connor Bunnaman, 23 (4/16/1998), is entering his fifth professional season. He split last year between the Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, appearing in 18 NHL games and 15 AHL games. He made his NHL debut on October 4, 2019, in the Flyers’ Global Series game in Prague, Czech Republic. Bunnaman has played 39 NHL games over the past two seasons, recording a goal and two assists along with four PIM and 33 shots on goal.
Over the past three seasons in Lehigh Valley, Bunnaman has scored 26 goals and added 17 assists for 43 points in 106 games. He began his professional career after a four-year run with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, where he was the team’s captain in 2017-18.
A 6-1, 207-lb native of Guelph, Ontario, Bunnaman was selected by the Flyers in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Connor Bunnaman recorded just one assist in his 18 NHL games last season. He showed some potential to be a bottom-six player in the 2019-20 season, but couldn’t find that last year. Heading into the 2021-22 campaign, Bunnaman will be in the mix for the fourth-line center role.
With Bunnaman signed, Chuck Fletcher only has one thing left to do this offseason: re-sign Travis Sanheim. Sanheim is the Flyers’ lone remaining restricted free agent. The Flyers and Sanheim have less than a week to agree to terms before their arbitration date on Thursday, August 26th.
The Flyers now have just over $4 million in projected cap space after signing Bunnaman. That should be enough to get something done with Sanheim.
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