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Claude Giroux established himself last season as the next big superstar in the NHL, and the fact that he is making under $4 million a year for the next two seasons means that he will eventually be due for a huge payday.
While Giroux's situation is not as urgent as the other three guys I have mentioned in this list, here is my philosophy. The earlier that his contract dilemma is handled, the less money they are more than likely going to have to put down on him for a long-term deal.
Giroux is only going to get better, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him be in contention for the Hart Memorial Trophy at the end of next season as the NHL's MVP. With guys like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin making $8.7 million on average, Giroux will more than likely be looking at $7-8 million.
If they let him get all the way to restricted free agency, teams will be offering enormous contracts to try and steal him away from Philly; and the earlier a deal can get met, the earlier the Flyers can prepare for their future cap hit and start building around him.