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Travis Sanheim Emerging as true leader for the Flyers


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Frankie
October 2, 2022  (5:14 PM)
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Travus Sanheim sure has seen his struggles playing defense with the Philadelphia Flyers. The 26-year-old defenseman was a bright spot in a dark 2021-22 season for the Flyers. The Flyers has an awful record and goal differential may have even been worse. Sanheim left the season with his game in a good spot. A good player on a bad team. Sanheim continues to emerge as a leader on a team where leadership has been questions for a few years now.

He took home two team awards: the Barry Ashbee Trophy (Flyers' most outstanding defenseman) and Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy (Flyers' most improved player).
Toughest year mentally, for sure, to be able to continue to keep playing and battle through, and yet, it felt like you were getting nowhere. Probably would have been easy to throw the towel in.
. Sanheim said at his end-of-the-season press conference in late April
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Sanheim, who had won the most improved player award twice, all while having to fill in shoes that he may have not been ready for. His game emerged quickly and started to become the leader this team has needed.
The Flyers didn't dole out a lot of money in free agency. Their offseason was not splashy. They didn't feel like they were there yet. No doubt, this is shaping up to be a transitional year with a new head coach that is known for getting more out of less. The club added around the margins this summer and is asking for younger players to show major improvement and seize opportunity. If that happens, maybe general manager Chuck Fletcher will then try to supplement things by looking externally for difference-making talent.
The Flyers didn't dish out a lot of money in free agency. Their offseason was not splashy whatsoever. They didn't feel like they were there yet. No doubt, this is shaping up to be a transitional year with a new head coach that is known for getting more out of less. The club added around the margins this summer and is asking for younger players to show major improvement and seize opportunity.
If that happens, maybe general manager Chuck Fletcher will then try to supplement things by looking externally for difference-making talent. Next year's free agency pool is looking pretty good as well, not the huge name, but player that could make a difference.
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