The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 5-11, 172-pound forward Claude Giroux
to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
"We had this opportunity to do it with Claude and we're extremely happy to have this done," said Holmgren. "He's been a good player for us and we look forward to him becoming a better player over the course of the next few years."
|Giroux and Richards have turned into a dangerous offensive threat on the penalty kill. |
"I'm really excited to be with the Flyers organization for three more years," said Giroux. "We are going to a very good team, hopefully for many years. This is a good group of guys and I am having a lot of fun right now."
Giroux, 22 (1/12/88), was selected by the Flyers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In 15 games this season, he has seven goals and seven assists for 14 points to go along with a plus-2 rating. He currently leads the NHL with three shorthanded goals, and has also recorded three game-winning goals for the Flyers this season.
"We started talking at the start of the season," added Giroux. "I had a couple of options to look over and me and my lawyer talked about it and felt this was the best fit for me. We have a lot of good players on this team and I'm just trying to fit in. Hopefully, we can continue with our success."
Giroux has appeared in 141 games for the Flyers over parts of four seasons, including all 82 games in 2009-10. During that time, he has scored 32 goals and added 56 assists for 88 points.