Claude Giroux has signed an eight-year, $66 million contract extension with the Flyers.
This was his reaction, in a conference call with the press today:
“They treat players unbelievable. The
fans are always expecting great things. So just to be a part of that
is is obviously a very good feeling.”
How important was it to get it out
of the way before the season and not drag on?
“That's one thing me and Homer wanted
to do, make sure we get this out of the way and from now on we can
start focusing on the right thing. And it is a good thing that it is
How will it be to play with Vinny
“I don't know him personally. But I
hear a lot of good things about him. And growing up, I have been
watching him play a lot and I think he is going to be a player that
the Flyers' fans are going to enjoy watching, He's an intense guy and
he goes into the corners and he can put the puck in the net. I have
been talking to some of the guys and everybody is pumped to have
Did you ever think you would be a
career Flyers player, someone with essentially a lifetime contract?
“I never really thought about that
stuff. I just go out and play hockey. I just go out and play my game.
I just want to play my best to help the team win. You know what? Five
years ago I was just trying to get a spot in the NHL and to make sure
I could get as much ice time as I could to be able to show what I
could do. A lot of that credit goes to the coaching staff and the
management to have that trust in me.”
When was the deal actually done?
“Pretty much when it came out. We
were looking at pretty much the same thing, just the little details.
It is not my job to do that. My agent did a pretty good job with
that. My main focus is to play hockey and that is pretty much my
agent's job. It is not something I was worried about. Holmgren treats
the players very good. I am just lucky to be a part of this
organization right now.”
When did you get word that the deal
“I think it was yesterday
morning-ish, or around that time.”
Are you in Canada, doing offseason
regimen, while your agent is working on the contract?
“Yeah that is basically it. Pat
(Brisson) is a great agent. He knows what he is doing. That's why I
chose him, so I could put all my trust in him and just worry about
what I have to do. I have been training with Tony Greco for the last
seven or eight years now, so I just keep doing the same training I do
every summer and I always come to camp feeling good. So I can't be
worried about that kind of stuff.”
What about the potential of adding
Ray Emery, and that he and Mason will be the goalies next season?
“If those rumors are true, obviously,
I had the chance to play with Emery before and he is an unreal guy
and a good teammate and a great goalie. So it was too bad that when
he came to Philly he got hurt, but if that is the case that he is
coming to Philly, it would be fun.”
Was it tough to watch the
postseason, not being in it?
“It is always tough to watch the
games after you are done. You kind of want to be there, especially
when you had a taste before of the NHL Finals. It is really something
to watch. But it is something that motivates you.”
Did it sink in that the contract is
the top one in franchise history?
“It is a great honor to be able to
have that kind of contract, and it just shows the kind of trust they
have in me. And I am going to do the best I can to not let them down.
You know what? A little pressure like that never hurts. I have a lot
of good teammates that are playing well. So I am just excited to just
move along from this.”
Was it tough to see Richards,
Carter, Jagr and other teammates going far in the playoffs?
“Thanks for reminding me of that by