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Giroux, Flyers reportedly close to big deal

Jul 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

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Flyers captain Claude Giroux is close to agreeing to an eight-year contract extension worth “north of” $8 million per year, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Giroux, 25, has one year left on his current deal, which comes with a cap hit of $3.75 million.

Under the new CBA, comparable contracts for star forwards would belong to Anaheim’s duo of Ryan Getzlaf (8 years, $66 million, AAV $8.25 million) and Corey Perry (8 years, $69 million, AAV $8.625 million), as well as Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (8 years, $76 million, AAV $9.5 million)

Sources tell TSN’s Darren Dreger that Giroux’s cap hit should fall around $8.3 million and that the deal could be announced in a day or two.

It’s worth noting that the Flyers have two significant contracts that expire after the 2013-14 season. One belongs to 38-year-old defenseman Kimmo Timonen ($6 million); the other to 27-year-old defenseman Andrej Meszaros ($4 million).

It’s also been speculated Philadelphia could trade blue-liner Braydon Coburn, who has three years remaining on his deal, with a cap hit of $4.5 million.

  1. girouxed - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM


  2. jimw81 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    at this point you begin to think nhl’s lockout was a total waste of time.can someone tell bettman and owners that? Giroux needed to get lock up and he did fall in this category.

    • jimw81 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Note to prohockeytalk, don’t believe what a flyers beat writer tweets.

  3. haterzinc - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    8 + mill for a guy that has not scored 30+ goal per year. Good job phi. Keep filling those pockets

    • 19to77 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Yup. Because goals scored is the only metric that counts. Nevermind that he’s a point-per-game or better playmaker who can turn almost any winger into a 30+ goal scorer just by putting them on the same line. That’s clearly not worth sh*t all.

      • haterzinc - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        Theres no doubt goal scoring factors into NHL players income. Gix only had one good year w jarg on his wing and a top 5 PP. He got tons of secondary assists. Sure hes a top line talent playmaker. But hes yet too prove hes a goal scorer….#1goodyear

      • 19to77 - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        Riiight. Which is exactly why he enjoyed just shy of a point-per-game season this year too, while setting up linemate Jakub Voracek to achieve the same. They had 47 and 46 points in 48 games respectively.

        Oh, yeah, and then there was that 21-point performance in the Flyers’ 23-game playoff run back when he was playing on the second line and Richards and Carter were still their go-to point producers.

        And hey, it might not have been All-Star calibre by comparison to his more recent outputs, but in the 2010-11 season he notched 76 points in 82 games and 12 points in 11 postseason contests. Again, just slightly shy of a point per game on average – and there’s something to be said for leading your team in scoring for each of the last three years.

        Overall he has 55 points in 50 playoff games and 217 in his last 206 regular season appearances.

        Almost sounds like you’re wrong or something.

  4. nj666 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    does this mean he’ll be traded by next years UFA

  5. burgh916 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    These contracts are getting ridiculous, seems if you’re an above average player recognized by the media you can command 7mil easily (see Letang.)

    • 19to77 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      It’s weird, isn’t it? The cap is going DOWN. Why are salaries friggin’ skyrocketing?

      • burgh916 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        Yup! Personally I love it when people say “well the cap will rise next season.” It may rise, but I doubt anything significant. It sounds like they expect the cap to shoot up 5+ mil after one season of it lowering. It’d be hilarious if it wound up not going up much at all.

  6. flyerguy73 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    See ya Coburn! Will not miss him one bit.

    • laxman1944 - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Who takes his minutes??

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        It doesn’t matter. He was constantly turning the puck over or committing a multitude of stick infractions.

  7. illad3lph1a - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:58 PM


  8. chrisk61 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    yes getting rid of coburn and meszaros would improve flyers defense.

    • desertfan - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      What defines??

    • hockeyfan28 - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Yes getting rid of those two would Mez is injury prone and Coburn isn’t the same player since he signed his extension

  9. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    $8 million makes sense with him but not $8.3 million

  10. hockeyfan28 - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Wish it was closer to 8 but not bad after the expected cap increase of 70-72 million next year and Pronger on LTIR again
    shoul give Philly about 10 mill to spend next year to get a defenseman or two since their top 9 is set offensively for years

  11. chazxcore - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Basically rolling over most of Kimmo’s contract over to Giroux. I think everyone knew he was going to get a huge contract and raise. Definitely one of the elite players in the NHL.

  12. macjacmccoy - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    To early in my opinion. I love Giroux I think hes a great player, but he only had 1 superstar season. I would have waited to at least the mid way point of this season to see if he could duplicate or come close to his 2011 season before paying him like a top 5 forward.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      He was just below a PPG in 10-11 (76pts), well over a PPG in 11-12 (93pts), then right at a PPG in a down 12-13, not to mention 55pts in 50 playoff games. He wins faceoffs, plays defense, kills penalties, is deadly on the PP, and makes everyone around him better. He’s worth every penny, altho I wish he gave the team a discount to allow Holmgren some flexibility next summer. But he’s earned it. I’m happy as long as he’s a Flyer for life.

  13. pmonte3122 - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Philadelphia throws money around like there’s no tomorrow. That’s unfortunately not going to win you hockey games.

  14. Nofoolnodrool - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:09 PM


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