Updated: 5:50 p.m.
The Flyers on Tuesday extended left winger Zac Rinaldo's contract by two years. Rinaldo would have been on the final year of his current deal this season.
Rinaldo will earn $750,000 this season. His extension provides a $100,000 raise in each year, making the deal worth $1.7 million.
A four-year veteran, Rinaldo scored two goals and registered two assists and 153 penalty minutes in 67 games for the Flyers last season. He also was second on the team with 231 hits despite playing an average of just more than seven minutes per game.
“I’m surprised that we’d even started to talk about it so early, but I am thrilled,” Rinaldo said in a release issued by the Flyers. “Philadelphia is where I started my NHL career and this is where I want to be so I am really happy. This definitely gives me a lot of confidence by the Flyers showing that they have confidence in me. I know they want to see me get better as a player and this is the place to do it.”
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Rinaldo made his debut with the Flyers during the 2011 playoffs. He made his regular-season debut for the Flyers in the 2011-12 season. Drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round in 2008, Rinaldo played juniors for two seasons before joining the Flyers' AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms in 2010.