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Flyers GM: Being a healthy scratch not necessarily a bad thing for Gostisbehere

Flyers GM: Being a healthy scratch not necessarily a bad thing for Gostisbehere
Published On: Sat, Jun 10
December 27, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux (28) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Shayne Gostisbehere signed a lucrative six-year contract extension on Friday, two months after a difficult sophomore season for the 24-year-old defenseman came to an end.

Gostisbeheres overall goal and point production dropped from his outstanding rookie campaign, and he found himself as a healthy scratch on a handful of occasions under the direction of coach Dave Hakstol " a development brought up again following Fridays news.

On the day he got Gostisbehere signed to a contract extension (with an annual $4.5 million cap hit) Flyers general manager Ron Hextall defended his coach for his decisions to bench the talented blue liner, and defended his coachs relationship with younger players in general.

That last point is interesting, because the Flyers seem committed to getting even younger in the short-term.

But I assure you this year, next year, the year after, Shayne will look back on those experiences and [say], I learned a lot from that,' said Hextall, per CSN Philadelphia.

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