Flyers Give Sean Couturier Two-Year Extension
Sean Couturier has always been a prized possession in the eyes of general manager Paul Holmgren, surviving numerous trade talks.
Couturier will now be in a Flyers uniform a bit longer. The Flyers have extended the contract of the 20-year-old center for the next two years following the 2013-14 season.
Couturier's extension is worth $3.5 million over two seasons. Couturier is expected to go into camp this season, his third in the NHL, as the Flyers third center behind recently extended captain Claude Giroux and the newly signed Vincent Lecavalier.
Couturier was selected with the 8th pick in the 2011 NHL Amateur Draft, a pick acquired when Jeff Carter was traded to Columbus. He had an impressive rookie season at 18, scoring 13 goals and adding 14 assists while establishing himself has a shut-down defensive forwards.
Couturier tailed off a bit during the shortened season in 2013, tallying only four goals and notching 15 points, but he came into his own towards the end of the season when head coach Peter Laviolette enhanced his role on the team from a 4th liner to a top 9 forward.
Couturier preluded that with an impressive showing with Adirondack during the lockout. He had 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 31 games.