The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed center Claude Giroux to an eight-year, $66.2 million contract extension, effective 2014-15.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Giroux, 25, is currently finishing the final season of his three-year, $3.75 million per season contract (though in actual dollars he’ll make $5 million this season), so he’s getting a substantial raise with this contract, which is worth an annual average salary of $8.275 million.
He’s obviously become the face of the Flyers franchise, scoring at a point-per game pace last season (48 points in 48 games), and in 2011-12 netted a career-best 93 points. His playmaking skills and special teams work has made him a standout and the club’s natural leader, taking over the captaincy last season. If there’s an area of concern, it’s his concussion history, having suffered two since 2009.
He’s now entering his playing prime. If he stays healthy and continues to average point-per-game numbers, he’ll be well-worth that big contract.