The 27-year-old wingers deal is worth $14.5 million. Read was entering the final year of his entry-level contract this season. If he hadn't signed an extension, he would have become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Read's agent and Flyers General Manger Paul Holmgren had been talking throughout the summer with the hope of completing it before the season started. Read is extremely happy to have signed the contract and to remain in Philadelphia. He said he would have tested free agency if it came down to it though.
Read has 35 goals in 121 games with the Flyers and 24 of those goals came in his rookie season in 2011. He also led all rookie players in goals scored that season as well.
Proud to say I can wear the orange and black for another 4 years. What a great organization with the best fans in the league. #flyers— Matt Read (@MReader24) September 20, 2013
With a full season to play this year, look for Read to be an impact player for the Flyers this season. If his rookie season was a sign of what he can bring to the Flyers, things will be very interesting this season if he teams up with Claude Giroux or Vinny Lecavalier.
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