A season ago, 26 NHL players filed for arbitration. None of them were on the Philadelphia Flyers.
This offseason, the leaguewide numbers for players who filed for arbitration are fewer. Except, this time, there is a Flyers defenseman on the list. How did Philadelphia get here with Travis Sanheim?
Sanheim is coming off of the worst season of his career. Recency bias plays a role in arbitration hearings. Unjustly, he may not receive the value he suggests from his team arbitration hearing. Though last season was poor across the board, Sanheim was one of the best on a bad team.