Claude Giroux, a restricted free agent at the end of this year, has signed a three year contract extension worth $11.25 million – $2.75 the first year, $3.5 million the second, and $5 million the third year for an annual cap hit of $3.75 million.
With 14 points in the first 15 games, Claude Giroux is on pace to reach the mid-70’s in points this season, matching his total from the previous two season combined. His tear through the playoffs last year, posting nearly a point per game through 23 games, hasn’t slowed down a bit here in the beginning of this 2010 season.
He’s found another level of play, it seems, notching not only the first shorthanded goal of his career, but the first three as he now leads the league in the category. Another category he’s leading in is game winning goals, perhaps a testament to his ability to pick up the clutch goals, from last year’s shootout winner to make the playoffs to his overtime game winner over Chicago during the Cup Finals.
Entering his second full season playing with the Flyers, Claude Giroux has grown by leaps and bounds since first stepping on NHL ice in 2008, developing a dangerous all-around game that combines finesse, vision, and delicate hands with strength on the puck and a blast of a shot.
At the ripe young age of 22, Giroux will likely still continue to improve. Already starting to be mentioned among the NHL’s elite stars, further development would solidify his name in conversations among the top tier talent in the league: the Ovechkin’s, Crosby’s, and Stamkos’.
This all makes him quite the valuable commodity going forward, and a staple of this team for the next few years.
The signing of Giroux may or may not affect the potential signings of Jeff Carter and Ville Leino, restricted and unrestricted free agents, respectively, at the end of the season. Earlier in the year, talks seemed to be going well with Carter, and no word has been spoken about discussions with Leino.