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COUTURIER EXTENDED

Young center signs for two more years
Saturday, 07.20.2013 / 12:44 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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COUTURIER EXTENDED

Every time the Flyers name came up in trade rumors – whether it was at the trade deadline last season or leading up to the draft and free agency – one name was constantly in the discussion:

Sean Couturier.

There’s no question that every other team that the Flyers talked turkey with coveted the 20-year-old forward. And there was no question that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren had no intention of trading his talented two-way center.

Evidence of that came further to light Saturday, when the Flyers signed Couturier to a two-year contract extension.

Couturier, who is entering the final year of his entry level contract, inked a new deal with an annual cap hit of $1.75 million in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

After a breakout rookie season in 2011-12 after the Flyers selected him with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Couturier had four goals an 11 assists for 15 points in 46 games last season.

Many perceived this to be a down season for Couturier, but it wasn’t very far off his offensive pace from his rookie season, and he still played big minutes in the defensive end of the ice for the Flyers, usually against top competition, and fared very well.

As a rookie, Couturier had 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points in 77 games.

While the NHL was in a work stoppage last season, Couturier played for the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL and had 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points in 31 games.

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