Flyers, Giroux reportedly talking contract extension

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The Philadelphia Flyers have begun “preliminary discussions” on a contract extension for star forward Claude Giroux, according to TSN.

Giroux has one year remaining on his current deal before he can become a restricted free agent. Despite having what many considered a down year in 2013, the 25-year-old center still had 48 points in 48 games, tied with the likes of Jonathan Toews, Henrik Zetterberg, and Nicklas Backstrom.

Flyers beat writer Sam Carchidi (Philadelphia Inquirer) believes Giroux will “average between $7 million and $8 million per season in a long-term deal.”

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced they had re-signed 26-year-old center Evgeni Malkin to an eight-year, $76 million extension, a contract that yields a cap hit of $9.5 million.

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