Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
The forward has remained with the big club both seasons since being drafted eighth overall.
Restricted free agent forward Sean Couturier will sign a contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers, the club announced on Saturday. Couturier was headed into the final season of his three-year, $4.125 million entry-level contract in 2013, according to CapGeek.com.
Instead, the forward will sign a two-year, $3.5 million contract that carries an annual average value of $1.75 million against the salary cap.
The 20-year-old Couturier has spent most of the past two seasons with the Flyers after being selected with the eighth-overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. After a 27-point season in 2011-12, he put up 15 points in the shortened 2012-13 season. He remains a key piece to the Flyers future, and at his price, this contract extension is more than reasonable.
More in the NHL:
• Longform: Hockey's first African-American superstar?
• Kovalchuk retires: The fallout
• Full Free Agency coverage
• Full 2013 Draft coverage
• The best of our hockey network