The Flyers had tackled several areas of interest in the offseason already.
They traded for Mark Streit, upgrading at defense. They used amnesty clauses on two veteran players - a forward and a goalie - to free up cap space. They used some of that cap space on Vincent Lecavailer, a veteran forward also bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Now, they have locked up their premier player.
The Flyers and captain Claude Giroux agreed to an 8-year, $66.2 million extension on Thursday and made the deal official on Friday.
Giroux, 25, was the Flyers' first-round pick in 2006. He debuted with the Flyers a season later in 2007-08 for two games. He broke to the NHL level in 2008-09, scoring nine goals and tallying 27 points in his rookie season.
In his first full season, in 2009-10, Giroux scored 16 goals and added 31 assists for 47 points.
Giroux had a breakout season in 2011-12. He played in 77 games, scoring 28 goals and adding 65 assists for a total of 93 points. In the shorten...