Flyers sign forward Sean Couturier to multiyear contract
Length of contract and financial terms were not disclosed, but according to multiple reports, Couturier received a six-year deal worth $26 million, an average annual value of $4.33 million per season.
Couturier, 22, scored a career-high 15 goals and added 22 assists while playing in all 82 games last season. He was set to become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season.
"It's a great organization, they believe in me," Couturier said, according to CSNPhilly.com. "I'm really happy to be there for the next six years. I love the organization, the city. I think the future is bright in Philly. Hopefully we can do some good things during those six years."
Couturier was the team’s first round selection in the 2011 NHL entry draft and has 45 goals and 73 assists in 287 career games during his four seasons. He has played in 198 consecutive games and has only missed seven games in his career.
"I've been playing 18 minutes a game the last two years," Couturier said, according to CSN Philly. "Whatever they want me to do, I'll do my best at the role they give me, and what they want and what they expect from me. Whatever I can do to help the team win."
Couturier also helped Team Canada earn a gold medal at the IIHF 2015 World Championships in May.
"It's a nice boost of confidence," Couturier said. "I'm really looking forward to come in camp and try to take another step forward. I'm not going to change as a player, as a person. I'm going to be the same type of player, just definitely try to produce a little bit more offensively."
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