Philadelphia Flyers captain gets $66m contract extension

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Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux has agreed an eight-year $66.2m contract extension, according to ESPN.

The $8.275m-per season deal continues a busy summer for the Flyers, after they confirmed the capture of Vincent Lecavalier on a four-year contract.

The former-Tampa Bay Lightning forward was the summer's most sought-after free agent, and the Flyers freed up salary cap space by buying out the contracts of forward Danny Briere and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Giroux, who plays at centre, is the team's top attacking talent - last season he combined for 13 goals and 35 assists, totalling 48 points in 48 games.

But the Flyers missed the playoffs in disappointing fashion, prompting renewed urgency in the off-season free agent acquisition period.

Giroux has spent six seasons with the Flyers, scoring 91 goals and providing 200 assists for 291 points in 333 games. A two-time 25-goal scorer, the 25-year-old Canadian is the club's first-line centre and led the team in points scored in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

The two-time All-Star will have a no-movement clause inserted into his contract, according to ESPN sources.

The Flyers finished the season with a 23-22 win-loss record last term, with their poor road form costing them dearly in the Eastern Conference. 

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