Panthers acquire Claude Giroux in blockbuster trade

The Florida Panthers have acquired
Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers, reports Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. TSN’s Chris Johnston adds this Owen Tippett is part of the package returning to Philadelphia. The Flyers will also receive a 2024 first-round pick from the Panthers, said David Pagnotta of the fourth period and a third-round pick in 2023, according to Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff (link).

In addition to Giroux, the Panthers will also receive forward Connor Bunnaman by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, as well as striker German Rubtsov and the Flyers’ 2024 fifth-round pick, adds LeBrun (link).

With the swap finally materializing, Giroux’s illustrious career on Broad Street came to an end, as did the draw for one of the most coveted term rentals in recent history. With all the details considered, this trade has many moving parts on either side. The Panthers of course acquire Giroux, along with Rubtsov, Bunnaman and a 2024 fifth-round draft pick. In exchange for their franchise icon and other coins, the Flyers receive Tippett, a 2024 first-round draft pick. , and a third draft pick in 2023. The Flyers will also keep 50% of Giroux’s salary, as planned.

In Giroux, the Panthères acquire an incredibly versatile player, and another star to add to their group. The 34-year-old has shown throughout his career that he can produce strong offensive numbers while playing a 200-foot game, excelling on both the power play and shorthandedness, and is widely regarded as the one of the best face-off men in the game. To date, Giroux has exactly 900 career points in 1,000 career games, including 18 goals and 24 points in 57 games with the Flyers this season.

Giroux not only gives the Panthers another option, but should allow them to be creative in setting up their lineups down the straight and in the playoffs. He should also be able to take the pressure off the players around him, including star center Aleksander Barkov. and Hart Trophy contender Jonathan Huberdeau.

As exciting as the blockbuster is for hockey fans, especially Panthers fans, the trade is a tough pill for the Flyers and their fans to swallow. While Giroux needed to be dealt with given the team’s recent struggles and Giroux’s status as a UFA after this season, it couldn’t be easier to see the team captain, who had just celebrated 1 000 NHL games in a Flyers uniform, at home on Thursdays.

Nonetheless, Giroux’s return should be enough to excite the Flyers. The organization acquired two draft picks, including a third-round pick in a strong 2023 draft class, as well as a first-round pick in 2024. Although the 2024 draft seems quite a long way off, it offers the Flyers an asset to help continue and grow their construction with assets down the road. However, the centerpiece of this deal is Tippett. Although Tippett fell short of the expectations that saw him selected 10th overall by the Panthers in 2017, he has been able to produce in both the AHL and NHL so far in his career. It’s also worth noting that Tippett saw rather limited minutes and opportunities in his time with the Panthers, given the talent and depth of the organization. Most likely, Flyers fans can expect to see their young forward in the roster soon.

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