According to Bob Stauffer of team 1260 radio in Edmonton, the Philadelphia Flyers have come to terms with 24-year-old forward Joffrey Lupul on a four-year deal that would extend his contract with the Flyers through the 2013-2014 season. Because the deal was signed after July 1, Lupul will fulfill the remaining year of his contract at his previous salary of $2.3 million and will revert to his new salary on July 1, 2009. Stauffer said the official announcement would come Monday.
Lupul will likely get a raise of about $2 million, pushing his salary to around $4 million a year. But before the salary scientists pull their hair out over the specualtion over the Flyers’ numbers, Philadelphia will have roughly $17 million worth of cap space next season not counting a possible cap rise. Lupul, who scored 20 goals and 26 assists while missing 20-plus games with a concussion, will be the first crossed off the 2009-2010 free agent list that still includes Scottie Upshall, Mike Knuble, Steve Eminger, Lasse Kukkonen, Ossi Vaananen, Antero Niittymaki and Marty Biron. Lupul’s most memorable moment in his one year with the Flyers was his game 7 overtime goal against the Washington Capitals to send the Flyers into the semifinals.