Flyers, Giroux 'close' on long-term deal

The Flyers and star center Claude Giroux are closing in on a contract extension, though general manager Paul Holmgren on late Thursday
night denied reports that the team had finalized the deal.

Holmgren said a few things needed to be worked out before the contract was completed with the Flyers' 25-year-old captain.

Holmgren said the deal was "close," and that he
expects to "get it done Friday or Saturday." The deal that is believed to be for
eight years and around $66 million.
Giroux is slated to earn $5 million this season, with a cap
hit of $3.5 million.
Giroux's agent, Pat Brisson, could not be reached for comment.
Giroux was named the Flyers' captain last season. He finished
the 48-game, lockout-shortened season with 13 goals and 35 assists for 48
Since the 2009-10 season, he has missed only five games. His
best season was 2011-12, when he collected 28 goals and 65
assists for 93 points. He has led the team in points in each of the last
three seasons.

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