The Philadelphia Flyers are giving Sean Couturier a six-year contract worth about $26 million, according to reports on Tuesday. Couturier is coming off a career-high 15 goals last season. The team’s official Twitter account confirmed the new deal for Couturier.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 28, 2015
"We're happy to be committed long term. They believe in me, and I love Philly, and I'm really happy to be there,” the 22-year-old Couturier told Philly.com after signing the deal. "I'm really looking forward to coming to camp and trying to take another step forward. I'm not going to change as a player or as a person. I'm going to be the same type of player and just try to definitely produce a little more offensively."
The 6-foot-3 center, who was born in Phoenix but plays on the Canadian national team, was the first-round pick by the Flyers in the 2011 draft or eighth overall selection and is known as the primary defensive specialist in Philadelphia.
In April, Couturier stated that he does not want to be known as a purely defensive player and wants to contribute on offense consistently. In a four-year NHL career, he has accumulated 118 points (45 goals and 73 assists) in 287 games in the regular season plus four points (three goals and one assist) in 18 games in the playoffs.
The Flyers are not done signing their own free agents in this offseason, with Jakub Voracek and Brayden Schenn still unsigned.