The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have re-signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon to a multi-year contract extension and have signed center Scott Laughton to an entry-level contract, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
Bourdon, 22 (9-17-89), was selected by the Flyers in the third round (67th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Flyers in 2011-12 and went on to play in 45 games, contributing four goals and three assists for seven points along with a plus-4 rating.
Bourdon has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, where he had four goals and 29 assists for 33 points, along with 168 PIM, over the course of 125 games.
Laughton, 18 (5-30-94), was the Flyers’ first-round selection (20th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
The new contract pays Bourdon $612,500 per season. Some have said the the new deal represents a paycut for Bourdon but that's not true. It's a lower cap hit and a lower NHL base salary but the player will be still be taking home considerably more money than he did in his entry-level contract. Here's why:
Under the terms of Bourdon's entry-level contract, the player carried an $875,000 cap hit at the NHL level for three seasons. However, that was not Bourdon's actual salary.
The player was on a two-way contract. He received a signing bonus delivered in three annual installments of $87,500. In terms of base salary, he received $65,000 per season in the AHL, where Bourdon spent the first two-plus seasons of his pro career.
In 2011-12, he got his first NHL call-up and spent two stints (Nov. 21 to Feb. 19, March 27 through the end of the season) with the big club. For these portions of the season, he received a prorated distribution of a full-season $762,500 NHL salary. For the portions of the season MAB spent on the Phantoms roster (October, most of November, 10 days in February, most of March), he received a prorated $65,000.
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 08-09-2012 at 03:16 PM.
They're high on Laughton, it seems. Wouldn't be surprised to see him in a 9-game stint if he impresses in camp, but I doubt that happens. I'll wait and see what happens before hoping he sticks for the season.