Jeff Carter is going to be in Philly for a while.
The Flyers forward signed a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday, worth a reported $58 million US over 11 years. He was slated to become a free agent at the end of the season.
"It really says something about him as a player for this organization and what he has done," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "Jeff has put up a lot of points. He's young and talented. He's a big guy that plays center ice for us."
Carter, 25, has eight goals and six assists in 16 games so far in 2010-11.
He's in his sixth season in the NHL. Selected 11th overall by the Flyers in 2003, Carter hit the 20-goal plateau in his first season with the club, notching 23 in 2005-06.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said the team began discussing the extension over the summer, but only completed the deal on Friday.
"He's an integral part of the core of our hockey team," Holmgren said.
"This took a little bit of time to get done, but we're happy to have it done. We look forward to seeing him score lots of goals for the next number of years."
The London, Ont., native's best season points-wise was in 2008-09, when he had a career-high 46 goals and 38 assists.
In 2009-10, Carter had 33 goals and 28 assists in 74 games and five goals with two assists during the Flyers' run to the Stanley Cup final, when he was hampered with a foot injury and missed 11 games.
"It's a great deal for him, our organization and our fans. It seems to be a good fit," Laviolette said.