For the past six seasons, Claude Giroux hasn’t changed his offseason regimen. He’s always headed back home to Canada to hit the gym with trainer Tony Greco.

This offseason was no different until his agent called him on the morning of the Fourth of July to tell him the big news.

The Flyers gave their captain an eight-year contract worth $66.2 million. Since Giroux is already a Flyer, eight years is the longest possible contract allowed under the new collective bargaining agreement. The $8.25 million cap hit is the highest the Flyers have ever had on their books, and it will be there until 2022.

“It’s a great honor to have that kind of contract,” Giroux said Friday morning on a conference call.

All the while, Giroux just wants to get on the ice and leave the negotiating to his agent.

“I never really thought about that kind of stuff,” Giroux said. “I just go out and play the game and try to do my best to help the team win. Five years ago I’m just trying to get a spot in the NHL and get enough ice time to prove what I can do. A lot of that credit goes to the coaching staff and management to have that trust in me.”

They trusted him enough last season to give him the captain’s “C” on his uniform. The 25-year-old Hearst, Ont. native had 13 goals and 35 assists in a lockout-shortened 48-game season last year. That followed up a career year in which he had 28 goals and 65 assists in 77 games. He finished third in the league in points with 93. Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin had 107 points and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos had 97.