A source told CSNPhilly.com on Thursday that the Flyers are close to finalizing an eight-year contract extension with team captain Claude Giroux worth between $66-67.2 million.
The deal is not yet complete, as the two sides are still working on the money, according to the source.
Giroux is set to become a restricted free agent after the 2013-14 season, although a deal would obviously change that. He is represented by agent Pat Brisson, who also handles Mark Streit, Danny Briere and Max Talbot.
Giroux was named the 19th Flyers captain last January once the lockout ended. Needless to say, he had a very difficult first year with a team that struggled throughout the shortened season and failed to make the playoffs.
“For us, it’s about getting better. It’s about being on the same system, being on the same plan,” Giroux said of his experience.
“You can’t really put a lot of pressure on yourself. Obviously there’s more responsibility, but you’ve got to go out there and play, just play your game.”
Giroux has grown considerably since his first full season with the Flyers in 2008-09 when he played in 42 games, tallied 27 points and gave off the distinct impression that he was going to do something special during the playoffs that season against Pittsburgh.
Look at his goal progression since then: nine goals, then 16, 25, 28, and though he had only 13 in this recent half-season, he still led the Flyers with 48 points in as many games. He has become a point-a-game player.
Giroux’s team-high 93 points in 2011-12 made him the first Flyer to hit that mark since Eric Lindros.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said on breakup day in late April he expects Giroux will be a better captain for the adversity he experienced this year.
“It was a tough year for a first-year captain, and I think he did a really good job,” Laviolette said. “He has terrific leadership qualities. He's driven. He is an excellent teammate.
“I think sometimes when you're not successful -- or not as successful as you'd like to be -- you really get to, whether you want to or not, use and try that leadership and it becomes more in the forefront.
“I think that when sometimes things are cruising along in the right direction and you just go day-to-day winning hockey games, you really get to see what kind of a leader he is and what kind of a person he is. And I think he did an excellent job in his first year as the captain of this team.”