November 8 Philadelphia Inquirer:
Give Paul Holmgren credit. The Flyers‘ GM moved swiftly and signed superstar-in-the-making Claude Giroux to a lucrative contract _ but one that won’t break the bank.
Giroux, a 22-year-old center who leads the Flyers with seven goals and 14 points, signed a three-year deal Monday for $11.25 million. That’s an average cap hit of $3.75 million per season.
That seems like a good deal all around for both sides. Giroux will have an even bigger pay day down the road, but for now, he is more than comfortable _ and the Flyers have a rising star who figures to be the face of the franchise for many years.
As reported in The Inquirer earlier in the week, the Flyers opened talks with Giroux’s agent and did not want to wait until he became a restricted free agent on July 1.
Giroux is having a breakout year and he probably would have commanded more money if he had waited.
The Flyers also have had talks with the agents for Jeff Carter and Ville Leino. Carter can become a RFA after the season, while Leino can become an untrestricted free agent.
Giroux was drafted in the first round of the 2006 draft. He was selected No. 22 overall _ when he chose him, then-GM Bob Clarke temporarily forgot his name.
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