It appears that captain Claude Giroux will be a member of the Philadelphia Flyers for a long time. According to Anthony SanFilippo of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com, the team officially confirmed that the team signed the talented center to an 8-year deal.
GM Paul Holmgren had this to say, according to the Flyers' official website:
“We are pleased to announce that we have agreed to an eight-year contract extension with Claude Giroux,” Holmgren said. “Claude is a high-quality young man that over the past few years has blossomed into our best player and also one of the top players in the league. We look forward to more and better things to come from Claude over the next number of years as we try to achieve our goal of becoming a championship team.”
John Buccigross of ESPN first tweeted out the news:
Claude Giroux has agreed to an eight-year contract extension with Flyers. (AP)— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) July 5, 2013
The 25-year-old Canadian center has been a part of the Flyers organization since Philadelphia selected him with the No. 22 pick overall in the 2006 NHL Entry draft.
According to Spotrac, Giroux was entering the final year of his contract and was set to make $3.75 million this season. As Tim Panoccio of CSN reports, he'll be making much more than that now—his new deal is reportedly worth $66.2 million over the eight years.
Confirmed: 8 yrs, $66.2 for Giroux— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) July 5, 2013
The signing is the second big move that the Flyers have made for a center this offseason. Philadelphia just inked former Tampa Bay Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier to a deal reportedly worth $22.5 million over five years according to ESPN.
Locking up Giroux to a long-term extension had to be one of the primary concerns for the Flyers this offseason. The two-time All-Star led the team in points and assists with 48 and 35, respectively, in the lockout shortened season .
Giroux's 13 goals were good for third-most on the team last season.
The Flyers will need Giroux to continue playing at a superstar level now that he's being paid like an elite player. Philadelphia finished in 10th place in the Eastern Conference this past season, finishing behind the Winnipeg Jets and New York Islanders for the final playoff spot.