Details of Flyers new contract with Manning points to motivations behind the deal.

Flyers motvations may be readily apparent here.

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The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed defenseman Brandon Manning on Tuesday.

The team made an official announcement disclosing no details whatsoever regarding the new contract.

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have agreed to a multi-year contract with defenseman Brandon Manning, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Manning, 26 (6/4/90), completed his first full season in the NHL with the Flyers, recording seven points (1g-6a) in 56 regular season games which included his first NHL goal, the game-winning-goal vs. Islanders on Mar. 21. He added one assist in six Stanley Cup Playoff games in the club’s First Round series against the Washington Capitals.

However Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman has revealed that it's a two-year deal worth $1.95 million and that points to some likely motivations behind this deal. By playing a mere 14 games this season, Manning would become eligible for the expansion draft, and the two year term would allow the Flyers' to expose him to that draft.

With a player like Shayne Gostisbehere it's no surprise that the Flyers would want to have an expansion draft eligible defenseman signed to their roster.