What is Claude Giroux’s Future in Philadelphia?
At 15-23-8 the Philadelphia Flyers sit in last place of the Metropolitan Division, which has Claude Giroux's name in plenty of trade talks. He was named one of the 10 most fascinating names to watch by ESPN Senior NHL writer Greg Wyshynski ahead of the March 21 NHL trade deadline.
While Giroux has taken every face-off of his NHL career in Philadelphia, is he finally ready to consider waiving his no-movement clause and moving to another organization?
"At this stage it doesn't seem Claude Giroux wants to think too much about this," NHL insider Chris Johnson from TSN in Canada said. I don't get the sense at all that Giroux is in a rush to clarify his future. There isn't any more clarity on the situation coming out of the All-Star break."
So far he has not given a lot of indication either way, as he closes in on his 1000th game wearing the orange and black. The team has given Giroux the has given indication that they plan on doing right by their longtime captain.
That's easier said than done for a player who has played for the same team since the 2007-08 season. GM Chuck Fletcher says it's Giroux's call. Discussions have occurred between agent Pat Brisson, Giroux and the Flyers about next steps. They're not sure what they are. I always figured Giroux to be one of those players who wanted to spend his career with one team. Maybe there's a chance for that. Maybe not.
With 35 points in 42 games this season, Whyshyniski says Giroux could be traded to a team that is looking for the last piece of the puzzle.
The Flyers return to action on Saturday afternoon against the Detroit Red Wings. Listen on 97.3 ESPN, puck drops at noon with Tim Saunders and Steve Coates calling all the action.
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