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The Flyers announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have agree to a 6 year contract extension with 22 year old center Sean Couturier. The contract will pay Couturier 26 million over the course of the 6 years, meaning an AAV and cap hit of 4.33M.
The yearly breakdown is as follows:
Lets get straight to some Quick Takes™:
- This timing of this deal worked very well for the Flyers. The Flyers locked up a young player who they clearly value after a season where his linemates and usage most definitely hurt his production. Had they waited another season, it’s quite possible Couturier would have been more expensive.
- This contract will cover Couturier’s final 2 years of RFA status and his first four years of UFA status. A 4.33M AAV for a contract of that nature is a win for the Flyers.
- Man, Ron Hextall clearly views Couturier as a huge piece moving forward. We’ve spoken too soon after big contracts in the past… but I think this will finally put the frequent trade rumors to rest.
- Per Hockey’s Cap, the Flyers now have $52,833,000 committed against the cap for 2016-17. Once Jakub Voracek signs his extension, we will have a much clearer picture of how much money is left for Brayden Schenn, Michael Raffl and others
Another very strong move by Ron Hextall. In locking Couturier down early with a contract that covers several UFA years, Hextall undoubtedly has helped create long term cap flexibility while retaining a player that he clearly values a lot. Great stuff.