Claude Giroux is not accompanying the Philadelphia Flyers to Ottawa after what could have been his last game (his 1000th career NHL game) with the Flyers organization. The veteran forward stays behind while general manager Chuck Fletcher puts the finishing touches on a trade that will likely see Giroux land either in Colorado with the Avalanche or Florida with the Panthers.
According to multiple sources, a deal isn’t final yet, but the favorites seem to be the Panthers.
Elliotte Friedman reports that if a deal isn’t done by Sunday, he won’t play the New York Islanders either. Friedman adds, “All eyes are on the FLA, but the LOC hasn’t given up. I think it will be the Panthers, but, as I write this, the Panthers haven’t made an offer that PHI says yes to. Frank Seravalli went so far as to deny rumors that Giroux had in fact signed a trade with Florida. Seravalli says it could well happen, but sources within both organizations say tonight [Thursday] no agreement is in place. “No shortage of smoke, though.”
Giroux is the grand prize at this year’s NHL Trade Deadline. If the Panthers land him, they will immediately become one of the favorites to win the 2022 Stanley Cup. The Panthers also added Ben Chiarot from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade earlier this week.
Touching end game for Philly
Giroux said of his 1,000th game and his potential fan farewell, “I feel like I had a great relationship with the fans and this city. I receive them. They got me. I love them. That’s one of the reasons why tonight was so difficult. The Flyers did Giroux well by hosting such an emotional event and putting on a great night. It won’t take away the sting that the longtime Flyer will end his career elsewhere, but the fans were grateful for everything he gave in his 1000 games and they showed their appreciation. The Flyers also got a win and that hasn’t happened much this season.