According to John Boruk, host over at Comcast SportsNet Philly, the Flyers are about to go all in on captain Claude Giroux.
His tweet from Monday: “You can draw up the contract right now, but Giroux will get 71-72 million over 8 years. It’s just a matter of when it gets done.”
Giroux has struggled during this truncated season, his first as team captain following a breakout 93-point performance in a full campaign last year. He’s got nine goals and 26 points in 30 games with four power-play markers and a pair of game-winners, but is a minus-9 — indicative of total team struggles at even strength.
It’s hard not to believe this new rumbling is in response to the Anaheim Ducks wrapping up both Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to separate eight-year deals last week. It’s also not tough to think this prices them out, once and for all, in the “Bobby Ryan sweepstakes” if it actually exists.
And after Ed Snider gave the go-ahead to several contract extensions for key personnel in late Summer before the onset of the latest lockout, you know something like this is coming, since the organization at times acts like the kid in the toy store who only wants what the other kids are getting.
If and when the deal is done, that means we all get to play the thrilling game of “who stays and who goes” once the salary cap will shrink to $64.3 million next season. Giroux is due $3.5 million this season, $5 million next year and is a restricted free agent in July of 2014.
The 25-year-old has logged 315 games of NHL experience, all with Philadelphia, going for 87 goals and 269 points. He’s added 21 scores and 55 points in only 50 postseason appearances, including 17 points in 10 games last Spring.