Despite the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers missed the playoffs this season, they have a cornerstone in their captain, Claude Giroux, and they’ve reportedly made a move to lock him up. ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun is reporting that Giroux and the Flyers are “finalizing” an 8-year extension that will keep Giroux in Philadelphia through the duration of his prime years in the NHL.
The deal is reportedly for just north of $8 million per season ($66 million total), and Giroux is worth every penny of that. He has 291 points in his 6-year career, and he has served as their prime offensive playmaker in recent seasons. He produced 48 points in 48 games during the 2012-2013 season, and it appears that he is peaking as a superstar in the league.
Philly had to make a couple of corresponding moves, including the buyout of Danny Briere, in order to create the room for Giroux, but it should pay off for the organization in a major way. $66 million is not a small investment in today’s NHL and they’ll need him to produce at a very high level to have this move pay off. Fortunately, Giroux is a stud at this stage, and his career arc lends itself to a long, successful prime with the Flyers.