Sean Couturier signed an eight-year, $62 million contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday that begins next season. It has an average annual value of $7.75 million.
The 28-year-old center will play the final season of a six-year contract he signed July 28, 2015. He could have become an unrestricted free agent.
“To be part of the Flyers organization for another eight years following next year is extremely exciting,” Couturier said. “I like the way the team is built and the mix of players that we have. I’m really looking forward to it but especially this year. We’ve made a lot of changes, but it’s all positive and very exciting.”
This offseason, Philadelphia added forwards Cam Atkinson, Nate Thompson and Derick Brassard, defensemen Keith Yandle, Rasmus Ristolainen and Ryan Ellis, and goalie Martin Jones. Forward Jakub Voracek (Columbus Blue Jackets), and defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere (Arizona Coyotes), Philippe Myers (Nashville Predators) and Robert Hagg (Buffalo Sabres) were traded.
Couturier scored 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 45 games last season. He was fourth on the Flyers in points and second in goals, two behind forward Joel Farabee.
Selected by Philadelphia with the No. 8 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Couturier has scored 443 points (174 goals, 269 assists) in 692 regular-season games and 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 39 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“As one of the premier two-way centers in the NHL, Sean has the rare talent to shut down opposing teams’ top players while also contributing at a high offensive level,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “Throughout his 10-year career with the Flyers, he has proven to be the ultimate teammate. He carries an enormous presence inside our dressing room due to his preparation, determination and drive to win.”
Couturier won the Selke Trophy, voted as the best defensive forward in the NHL, in 2019-20 when he led the League in face-off winning percentage (59.6 percent, minimum 750 attempts) and was second in defensive-zone face-off winning percentage (59.5 percent).
“Sean is a cornerstone of this team, and we are thrilled that he’ll be in Orange and Black for years to come,” Flyers governor Dave Scott said. “With his leadership, grit, and ability on both ends of the ice, Sean is essential to the future of this team, and we couldn’t be happier to keep him in Philadelphia for the long term.”