It took exactly 49 days from the time Paul Holmgren pried Nick Grossman(n) away from the Dallas Stars until he proved himself worthy enough to be considered part of the Philadelphia Flyers for the long term.
That’s why it certainly is a Good Friday for the 27-year-old Swedish defenseman, who was able to agree to terms on a multi-year contract extension this afternoon.
Multiple reports state it’s a four-year pact valued at $14 million.
Acquired on February 16, the man listed at 6-foot-3, 227-pounds but who plays much bigger has been a stabilizing influence on a corps rocked by Chris Pronger’s career-threatening situation and other epidemic injuries. He’s tallied six assists in 22 games and is a plus-5 in just over 18 minutes of ice time per game.
If not for the roving knee of Pittsburgh Penguins hatchet man Joe Vitale, the signing would be cause for greater celebration.
The former 2004 second-round draft pick of Dallas was set to become an unrestricted free agent come July 1, so let the speculation run rampant on what it means for fellow UFA Matt Carle in the off-season. Grossman made $1.5 million last season and $1.75 million with a cap number of $1.625M according to NHLNumbers.com.