Flyers Extend Claude Giroux For 8 Years
The Flyers have officially extended the contract of their captain, Claude Giroux.
Reported by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Giroux has been extended to an 8-year, $66.2 million deal. The deal carries an AAV of $8.275 million until 2022-23 (starts during the 2014-15 season).
“I’m very excited," Giroux said in a conference call. "I’ve been able to play with the organization for five years… it’s been unbelievable, the fans are always expecting great things. So just to be a part of that, it’s a really great feeling.”
Giroux also added that there is some pressure with an 8-year deal, the largest for a Flyers captain. But he is excited for the new challenge of being the face of the organization.
“It’s a great honor to be able to have that kind of contract," Giroux said. "It just shows the trust they have in me, and I’m going to do my best to not let them down. A little bit of pressure like that never hurts. I have a lot of good teammates that are playing well, so I’m just pretty excited to move on from this."
The deal was made official on Friday morning. Giroux said the deal was pretty much done when the news first started to leake Thursday night.
“We are pleased to announce that we have agreed to an eight year contract extension with Claude Giroux,” general manager Paul 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.”
Giroux had a career season in 2011-12, finishing third in the league with 93 points (2nd in assists with 65). He was appointed captain of the Flyers before last season, suffering a bit of a down year (13th in the league with 48 points in 48 games).
Giroux stated that both he and Holmgren are happy to get this deal out of the way before the start of the season.
“That’s one thing me and [Holmgren] wanted to do, to make sure we get this out of the way and from now on we can start focusing on the right thing. It’s done with," Giroux said.
Giroux will be 26 during next season, and will have a bright future ahead of him as the face of the Flyers franchise. He is already considered one of the best players in the world, and this deal will give the Flyers that player for the duration of his prime.
Former Flyers right winger Danny Briere will sign a 2-year, $8 million deal with the Montreal Canadiens. The deal will be official once the July 5 free agency period starts.