Carter and Giroux Contract Extensions?by Mike Pantaleone
Ask any Flyers fan what their biggest worry is about the end of the 2010-11 season and just about everyone will tell you they are afraid the Flyers will have to part with some valuable assets come Free Agency. There are many Flyers that will be Unrestricted Free Agents as well as Restricted Free Agents after the 2010-11 season concludes. Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux are included in that list.
The Flyers do have a bit of leverage, as Carter and Giroux will both be RFA’s, but the Flyers are right against the cap and both players are due for hefty raises, especially Giroux, who only makes $821,667 this season. Factor in the fact that Unrestricted Free Agents like Ville Leino and Nikolai Zherdev will also be commanding hefty raises, and it seems like most likely the Flyers will have to part with somebody.
For now, it appears Carter and Giroux will remain with the Flyers. General Manager Paul Holmgren recently spoke with CSN Philly, stating that he was in the beginning stages of contract extensions for both Carter and Giroux. “I’ve talked a little bit with Rick Curran (Carter’s agent) about Jeff,” Holmgren told CSN Philly. “I think over the next few months we will get involved there. With Claude, Larry Kelly is his agent. I am hoping he comes down here during training camp so we can look into it.”
Holmgren says he will be delving more into the negotiations come Fall, but it is good to see that they have already talked about extensions. One thing is certain, it is going to be a very interesting off season for the Flyers next summer. Out of Carter, Giroux, Leino, and Zherdev, who do you think the Flyers will part with? My guess is Zherdev, but who knows. Only time will tell.