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Flyers sign Couturier to two-year, $3.5 million extension

Jul 20, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

Sean Couturier AP

The Flyers announced they’ve signed forward Sean Couturier to a two-year extension worth $3.5 million with a very reasonable $1.75 million cap hit.

Couturier, 20, had one more year left on his entry-level deal with the team and rather than deal with possibly cranky negotiations next summer, the two sides came together now to get things done.

After a largely successful rookie season, Couturier came back to earth a bit last year with just four goals and 11 assists. As Philly’s third line center he’s found a niche as a defensive match-up player but while with Adirondack of the AHL during the lockout, he averaged nearly a point a game (28 points in 31 games). The Flyers would like to see the offense and defense balance out moving ahead.

Getting a deal done like this now helps sort of split the difference and gives him two more years to show he’s ready to cash in big.

  1. num1eaglesfanyo - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    This is great! Coots will be a star in this league a few years from now. If Homer would have traded him he would have never heard the end of it.

    • joey4id - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Who are Coots and Homer?

      • sheckyrimshot - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        come on dude they teach you context clues in like third grade

      • joey4id - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Next September I suppose.

      • laxman1944 - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        Sean Couturier (Coots) and Paul Holmgren (Homer)

        Coots is an up and coming center for the Philadelphia Flyers and Homer is the GM (General manager).

        Hope that helps

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Wow that’s a great deal. Idc what others say, Holmgren has done a very commendable job this summer. It’s very likely that 1.75 will become a huge bargain if Couturier takes the step forward that’s expected of him. Hopefully they can get Schenn to sign a similar “prove-it” deal. Can’t wait for October, especially since it’s about 100 degrees in Philly.

    • valoisvipers - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      It does appear to be a a cheap signing, though it may come back and bite Holmgren .Kind of like the Bruins having to sign Rask to a monster deal after missing the boat to sign him cheaper a year earlier. Anyways it will be interesting to see how Couturier develops.

    • President Charles Logan - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      Schenn’s going to get traded

  3. sjsharks66 - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Oh snap! Philly finally made a great signing!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Emery at 1.65? Lecavalier? Especially since lesser players were getting WAY more than that proven commodity. You can debate the Streit (5.25) signing but they had to add some puck-moving ability to the mostly slow plodders they have on the backend. And he’s essentially an older, cheaper Carle, which I’m okay with. Some ppl have a problem with Girouxs new deal but that’s just the NHL marketplace right now. As soon as Getzlaf and Perry got their contracts it was a given that G would receive 8+… and he’s a younger, better player IMO. Overall, I don’t think there’s any doubt the Flyers have atleast a playoff-caliber roster, and once you reach the playoffs there’s no predicting the outcome.

      • blackheart78 - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        @pp77 totally agree with your point, but I want to add are any of these deals as bad as Toronto signing Clarkson for his amount? People that have a problem with the G signing need to wake up. If the Flyers didn’t give him the years and the money some other team would have.

      • narfmoo12 - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Exactly. Flyers are paying Emery and Mason less than the Isles are paying Nabokov. Also, LeCavalier is getting 5yr/$22.5M. Compare that to Clowe (5/24.5), Clarkson (7/36.75), Horton (7/37.1), Fillipula (5/25), Ribeiro (4/22 at age 33), Cullen (2/7 at age 36), Weiss (5/24.5), Iginla (1/6 at age 36), and Briere (2/8 at ages 36). Flyers made some good moves this year.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I like the signing. I do think Sean will be more of the player we enjoyed during his rookie season. It seems he will have the chance to be the full time 3rd line center. I’m glad the Flyers didn’t find a reason to trade him.

  5. girouxed - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    We’re all so proud of you Paul.

  6. num1eaglesfanyo - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    @Joey Really?

  7. narfmoo12 - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Secondary to the very low cap hit is the fact that it’ll be three years until another team can try to steal him with an offer sheet.

  8. malkinrulez - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    narfmoo12 unless his offensive numbers improve no one is going to try and “steal” him

    • narfmoo12 - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Several thoughts:

      1. It’s hilarious and quite a shock that a guy with the name “malkinrulez” would have the stones to comment negatively about Couturier based on their numbers against each other.

      2. Couturier is the first name that every GM brings up in trade talks with the Flyers.

      3. At 20 years old, I would bet he hasn’t peaked offensively.

      • laxman1944 - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        Well put…..IMO he was the only untouchable.

        He was the first name in every trade conversation.

        Good job Paul

      • jimw81 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        2. Couturier is the first name that every GM brings up in trade talks with the Flyers.


        No one wants Couturier as the centerpiece of any deal after last season. That boat has sailed.Flyers had their chance to deal him for a top young defenseman but they blew it and let him have a crappy season that basically destroy his stock.stop drinking the kool aid.

  9. jacketsfan7 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Which one?

  10. jimw81 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    sadly i think schenn and read are getting traded. i rather see coots,cooter, whatever get traded. i rather have laughton be your third line centerman. it’s sad homer see’s coots as the next doug gilmour. atleast you can use schenn and read to get you a yandle.

    i dont see this currently constructed being together at the beginning of season. this is the best situation for flyers. they are going evaluate this team in camp,trade will occur and
    Hextall will bring us yandle.

  11. hosewater2 - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    1. Great signing by Philly.
    2. Fire your agent Coots.

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