Flyers' Couturier signs extension; Schenn, Read next?

Sean Couturier in action during an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP file)

Sean Couturier, expected to be the Flyers’ third-line center, agreed to a two-year contract extension Saturday that will pay him a total of $3.5 million _ a $1.75 million cap hit per season.

Couturier, 20, could have become a restricted free agent after the 2013-14 season.

After a solid rookie year (13 goals, 27 points, plus-18 rating) Couturier went through a sophomore slump in 2013, when he had just four goals, 15 points and a minus-8 rating in 46 games. Prior to joining the Flyers after the lockout ended, he had 28 points in 31 games with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms last season.

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The Flyers might next set their sights on locking up forwards Brayden Schenn and Matt Read. After the 2013-14 season, Schenn can become a restricted free agent (the Flyers would have the chance to match another team’s offer) and Read can become an unrestricted free agent.

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