Saturday, July 20, 2013

Couturier off the table with new two-year extension

One of the hottest names on the trade rumor circuit appears to be wiped off the board. On Saturday afternoon, the Flyers announced a two-year contract extension for Sean Couturier.

Couturier is due $925,000 for the upcoming season, after which he’d have become a restricted free agent. But with this new pact, he’ll earn $3.5 million, with an average annual value of $1.75M per season. According to several sources, it's $1.5M in 2014-15 and $2M in 2015-16.

The 20-year-old, like most of the roster, stumbled this past season, collecting just four goals and 15 points and a minus-8 rating in 46 games. A defensive-minded center, Couturier won only 43.9 percent of his faceoffs in 2013.

He also appeared in 31 regular-season games with the Adirondack Phantoms, prior to the start of the
Flyers season in January. He posted 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points under a restrictive system set up by Terry Murray.

This new deal makes it five forwards whose contracts have been extended within the last calendar year.

Brayden Schenn and Tye McGinn are the lone remaining 2014 RFAs whose contracts have yet to be extended. Matt Read is a 2014 UFA.

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