Source: Flyers signing Tippett to 8-year contract extension

Source: Flyers signing Tippett to 8-year contract extension originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Flyers are signing Owen Tippett to an eight-year, $49.6 million contract extension, a source confirmed Friday morning.

The deal has a $6.2 million average annual value.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli and The Fourth Period's Anthony Di Marco were the first to report the deal.

Tippett, who turns 25 years old next month, was set to be a restricted free agent in the offseason. He's currently on a two-year, $3 million contract, which he signed about four months after the Flyers acquired him in the Claude Giroux trade.

The tool-laden power forward has blossomed with the Flyers. He's second on the team with 18 goals this season after breaking out for career highs in games (77), goals (27) and points (49) last season.

"You saw it last year, the way he uses his speed, especially from our own zone, I think he creates so much offense for us," Scott Laughton said last week. "He has been really good. He creates a ton of offense out of nothing, so it has been fun to watch. Big body who skates well, physical, he brings it all. It's going to be exciting to see what he becomes, but he's starting to find the identity right now."

(More coming ...)

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