Though negotiations haven't started yet between the Flyers and star center Claude Giroux, look for them to begin in the coming weeks, a source close to the situation said.
Giroux, 25, will make $5 million next season, but his cap hit is $3.75 million because most of the money was backloaded in a three-year, $11.25 million contract. He can become a restricted free agent after the 2013-14 season, meaning the Flyers can match another team's offer and keep him in the fold.
But they want to lock him up with a long-term deal.
In his last three seasons, Giroux has 76 points, 93 points, and 48 points (pro-rated to 82 points in an 82-game season), respectively.