The Philadelphia Flyers locked up Radko Gudas for the forseeable future, signing the defenseman to a multi-year contract extension on Thursday.
General manager Ron Hextall did not disclose the terms of the deal, but Chris Johnston of Sportsnet is reporting that it’s a four-year extension that will pay Gudas $2.5 million in both 2016-17 and 2019-20, $3.5 million in 2017-18 and $3.4 million in 2018-19, as well as a $1.5 million signing bonus.
Gudas was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 2, 2015 along with a pair of draft picks for fellow blue-liner Braydon Coburn. The 26-year-old was recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery at the time of the trade and did not make his debut with the Flyers until this past season, when he recorded five goals, nine assists and a minus-3 rating in 76 games.
Gudas spent much of 2015-16 paired with Michael Del Zotto and was a regular on the penalty-killing unit. He led all NHL defensemen with 304 hits and was second to Mark Borowiecki of the Ottawa Senators (4.3) with an average of four per game.
Selected by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2010 draft, Gudas made his NHL debut in 2012-13, registering two goals and three assists in 22 games. One of his two tallies was a game-winner.
Gudas recorded career highs in goals (three), assists (19) and points (22) over 73 contests the following season and also collected 152 penalty minutes. He has amassed 12 tallies, 46 points and 340 penalty minutes in 202 regular-season games with the Lightning and Flyers while notching one assist and a minus-3 rating in nine playoff contests.
A native of Prague, Gudas represented the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Junior Championship in both 2009 and 2010, totaling two goals and three assists in 12 games. The 6-foot, 204-pounder also posted a minus-1 rating in three contests while playing for his country in the 2014 Winter Olympics.