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Flyers, Giroux reportedly talking contract extension

Jun 14, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers have begun “preliminary discussions” on a contract extension for star forward Claude Giroux, according to TSN.

Giroux has one year remaining on his current deal before he can become a restricted free agent. Despite having what many considered a down year in 2013, the 25-year-old center still had 48 points in 48 games, tied with the likes of Jonathan Toews, Henrik Zetterberg, and Nicklas Backstrom.

Flyers beat writer Sam Carchidi (Philadelphia Inquirer) believes Giroux will “average between $7 million and $8 million per season in a long-term deal.”

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced they had re-signed 26-year-old center Evgeni Malkin to an eight-year, $76 million extension, a contract that yields a cap hit of $9.5 million.

Related: Flyers coach thinks Giroux was ‘terrific’ as captain

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Hopefully they can get him around 7 on an 8-yr deal, but Perry and Getzlafs’ deals probably made that unlikely. Although Giroux is 3 years younger. Maybe he’ll take a lesson from Crosby and take less than market value so that the team can improve other areas. C’mon Holmgren this is where we need to see some negotiating saavy… you can’t overpay Streit and Giroux (too much) if you want to keep improving the roster.

    • tcclark - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      A number of players in the past have signed below or right at market value to stay with the Flyers. Players usually get above market value in Free Agency so if we can get him below market value, say at around 7 million I would be happy. Hartnell is a great example. He could have easily made more than 5 million per year on the open market but opted to sign an extension last year with only a minor pay raise.

  2. hockey412 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    $7M for 8 years. Briere is screwing up their salary structure.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      He won’t be for much longer.

    • ml3939 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Briere will get amnestied unless he allows them to trade him (unlikely due to his divorce situation). Either way he is a non-issue.

  3. bardown66 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I feel like holmgren will end up over paying. They need to buyout or move briere in all likelihood. They always seem to be tight on salary.

  4. nightfireop - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    i want giroux signed to a long-term deal so we can all enjoy watching him level crosby, give malkin a new smile (like his perhaps), and score on marc-chokin’ fleury.

    reference: game 6 2012 playoffs (all but the malkin one)

    • GH - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM


    • bardown66 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Funny , no one was bashing Anybody but you started it. I can’t wait til holmgren over pays for half the team and acquisitions (again) and continues to keep the flyers in the status quo. A good team but not good enough to be of any significance.

    • miketoasty - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Hmmm, Pens made it to the final two in the east while the Flyers didn’t even make the playoffs. Nice try though.

      • laxman1944 - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        Lol……Pitt was EXPECTED to WIN the cup……hhhhhmmmmm…..0 for 4

        You have no room to speak Sir

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        Yeah and got swept away like yesterdays rubbish. I’ll take our 2nd time in 19 years missing the playoffs to your third straight team implosion. Thats even after stacking the roster with all-stars.

      • ml3939 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        Is a penguins fan upset that the Flyers engaged in that old Penguins tradition of missing the playoffs? And let’s be honest, did the Penguins really play in third round? Has a number one seed, cup favorite ever endured such an embarrassing exit? And while I am at it, which of the two goals against the Bruins was your favorite? It must be so hard to choose.

      • miketoasty - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        Seriously? I knew Flyers fans were dumb but this just takes the cake. Your team folded halfway through the season, mine did 4 games from the Stanley Cup finals. Oh and while we are at it, 1975. Lol, you guys is dumb.

      • nightfireop - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        i’m not an actual “flyers fan” perse, i just enjoy spectating the beatdown flyers do to you anytime any day. speaking of dumb….didn’t the flyers win the cup in 1975? where were the powder blue pens at the time? (hmmmm…?)

      • miketoasty - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        Well considering they were newly formed… Speaking of, how many cups have we won sicne you guys won your last? Kind of sad actually.

      • nightfireop - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        doesn’t matter this “newly formed” or not, the pens came into the same the same time flyers came into the league.
        okay well if you’re going to doing this “how many cups” thing. unless you’re a canadiens fans there will always be another franchise with more cups than you.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        miketoasty, seriously you are a retard. Your newly formed Penguins team was added the same year the Flyers…..1967. Read a sports blog or something miliktoast.

      • ml3939 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        Toasty what position do you play? Is that “we” meaning you and Sid or you and Geno? I am not sure that a team who won 6 out of it’s last 7 games can be referred to as a team that folded. Maybe they should have done the Penguin like thing and strung together three 6 game losing streaks in their last 21 to try and garner the top pick. If you had been a Penguins fan prior to 5 years ago, you would have known that is how they landed Mario to stay in Pittsburgh. Nothing like building a franchise void of integrity.

      • miketoasty - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        ml3939 – I actually play center on my hockey team, but am not anywhere close to the… Oh you meant because I used “We” instead of “The Penguins”. Right, because no one else does that, it must just be me. My bad. /s

        And maybe the Penguins should have built a team of goons in the 70’s to win a couple cups, nothing screams integrity like a team that’s built around goons.

    • malkamania71 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      I’d rather watch the Flyers blow a 3-0 lead and have their playoff hopes be put to rest on home ice by the Pens :)

      reference: game 6 2009 playoffs (which year they won the Stanley Cup)

      • ml3939 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        Yeah, blowing a 3-0 lead in a game is bad, blowing a 3-0 lead in a playoff series is atrocious.

        Reference : Penguins 1975 playoffs.

      • bobhpine - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        Grasping at straws there little guy.

        How is 0-6 in the Stanley cup finals sitting for you? Do you like that?

        0-6 is a lot of losing in the clutch.

      • bobhpine - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        Let me break this down for you since you’re a dumb guy. The more time that passes since a team did something embarrassing lessens the importance/sting of the loss. The more time that passes since a team actually won something heightens the importance.

        1975 is your year hoss. Nice try though.

      • ml3939 - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Aw bobhpiningforattention is back. I believe the only way to overcome monumental failures is positive redemption. The Penguins are a franchise that was so pathetic it managed to have the first or second pick overall in 4 consecutive years. This years team two no brainer future hall of famers in Iginlia and Crosby, another near lock in Malkin and a guy like Letang who could certainly end up there. They scored all of two goals in the entire series against the Bruins. That may be the worst playoff showing in the history of professional sports, especially for a team regarded by many as the favorite to win the championship in their sport. Go crawl back in your hole.

  5. stakex - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    He’s probably in the $7.5 million a year range if he goes with a long term deal. He’s a very good player, but I don’t think he’s worth the real super start dollars ($8+ a year)… a least not yet.

    • tkovacs2 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Someone would pay him $8 million on the open market. Zach Parise is getting a hair over $7.5, and I’d take Giroux over Parise any day of the week.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      he should get right at 7.5 if he were testing the market. i wouldnt be surprised in this situation if he got 7 though since he has a year left – maybe some outside of the cap money in bonuses. he’s a .87 ppg guy. parise is a .81 ppg and he got 7.3 million in a free market.

  6. flyersfan67 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Giroux, future MVP. Team leader will take discount to guarantee team is competitive, and has skilled line mates. Will take 7-7.5 max

    • Habib Marwan - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      Laviolette’s self proclaimed comment that Giroux was the best player in the world was kind of funny… … well that “best player in the world” surely looked average and quite pedestrian last year without Jagr by his side huh … yeah he’s good but he’s not quite the super star that the Flyers fans make him out to be

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        48pts in 48 games. Yeah he sucks get rid of the little ginger. Next thing you know he won’t be able to get a single point in a four game series like Malkin, Crosby, Ignila. Get rid of the little firebush I tell you.

      • ml3939 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        I believe he meant he was the best player in the world at the time. It was tough to argue at that moment for those 6 games that anyone was playing better. And Giroux had a tough start to the season as they could not keep him with consistent healthy line mates. Once it got sorted out he played more like himself. He had 7 points in his first 13 games and 41 in his next 35, on par with last year. Good analysis by you.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        No sane Flyers fan would tell you that Giroux is better than Crosby, however, he completely and totally outplayed both Sid and Malkin in that series. And after Laviolette made that declaration, plenty of analysts went along with him. The fictional title of “Best Player in the World” is not a fixed “award”. It rotates based on play. At the end of that series it was hard to argue that Giroux wasn’t playing better than anyone in the NHL, the best league in the world. But just because he outplayed Crosby at the point doesn’t mean he’s forever the best in the world. Many players through the years have been proclaimed as the best… Lemieux, Jagr, Lindros, Sakic, Forsberg, Ovechkin, Malkin, Crosby, Giroux, etc, etc. Giroux had a down year, but even in a down year he’s a point per game player, like the article says. He’s a superstar with superstar ability; it’s not just Flyers fans overestimating their own talent, as you so often argue (about pretty much every player in Philadelphia). And during that series with the Pens there was nobody better than Giroux.

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        i dont care about crosby really.

  7. buffalomafia - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Sign him dump your goalie & go after Miller?!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      I wish Buffalo fans would stop this fantasy that the Flyers are going to give you valuable assets for Miller. The Flyers are (most likely) about to rid themselves of a 33-yr old goalie, coming off a bad year, with a bad attitude, who’s way overpaid (5.67). Why would they then give up major assets (picks, Couturier, Schenn, etc) for a 33-yr old goalie, coming off a bad year, with a bad attitude, who’s paid even more (well over 6)? It’s totally illogical. The Flyers need every cent of cap space. If they go after a goalie it will be someone like Khudobin (UFA) or Bernier (RFA) to compete with Mason.

  8. 19to77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Buyouts on Briere and the goaltending Kosmonaut, Giroux for $7.5m/yr if he’ll settle for it, and make a pitch to LA – Bernier and the rights to Scuderi if possible, assuming the price is fair. Upgrade in net and get a solid, reliable shutdown D while you’re at it. Of course, in the likely event LA resigns him instead, that wouldn’t fly. Grant Clitsome’s up for grabs I guess? He’s a solid own-zone depth guy.

  9. whiskytango333 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Considering Holmgren is brokering the deal, there is no doubt the Flyers will absurdly overpay him.

  10. joewilliesshnoz - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Just offer him a lifetime pass to Chuckie-Cheese, the little punk.

  11. bobhpine - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    In 2009 I was at the victory parade.

    When were you at yours? Just answer that. If you can.

  12. bobhpine - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    We’re the flyers eleventh or twelfth in the eastern conference. No one remembers.

    Was that embarrassing? I suppose you have such a nuanced perception of embarrassment by this point it might be more complex then just yes or no, right?

    Many levels of embarrassment for a team that never wins in your pathetic lifetime.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      And that 2009 parade visit was obviously your first exposure to hockey. Otherwise you’d realize that your almighty Pens have spent the majority of their existence at the bottom of the standings. And for someone who incessantly brags about how great his life is, it’s very sad that the only thing that brings you joy is trolling Flyers articles. Since you’re clearly a conceited narcissist I suggest you spend your valuable time worrying about your own teams monumental failure. AGAIN.

  13. ml3939 - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I would say the Flyers are a pretty successful franchise- second best win percentage of all time, most wins of any non-original six franchise, most cup finals appearances of any non-original six team, winning record against all franchises sans Boston and Montreal, not known for tanking games to get a higher draft pick, not irrelevant for decades, never played poorly enough to get a first or second pick in four consecutive years and a fan base that has been loyal since the team’s inception not just five years ago.

    You should cut back on the word loser and pathetic. I know your one of your mom’s boyfriends must have instilled those words in you growing up but keep your repressed childhood memories to yourself.

  14. Habib Marwan - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    The flyers remind me of a high school bully crowding to the front of the line in a spelling bee contest , then when it comes time for the bully to walk out on the stage and spell the word “clutch”… he freezes up, forgets and walks off the stage all upset, frustrated & embarrassed :)

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