As we grow closer to the NHL’s March 21st trade deadline, it’s becoming ever more likely that Claude Giroux’s time with the Flyers is coming to an end. With the Flyers losing 21 of their last 25 games, this is a team going nowhere fast and in need of a rebuild. While parting with Giroux will certainly be hard as he’s given his all and will likely surpass 1,000 games as a Flyer before a potential trade.
If the Flyers are serious about a rebuild (and they should be), moving Giroux is the best first step they can make. So far, it was reported that the Flyers’ captain will accept a trade to three teams: Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, and Minnesota Wild. There have been rumors swirling around all three of these teams along with the Florida Panthers in regards to a potential Giroux trade.
I'm told that Claude Giroux has made it known to Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher that Colorado is where he wants to go. If somehow that doesn't work out, Minnesota or St. Louis would be acceptable alternatives @ColHockeyNow
— Adrian Dater (@adater) February 15, 2022
Who might the Flyers be interested in if they do end up moving Giroux? Let’s take a look:
The most recent name to come out as a potential target for the Flyers is Florida Panthers’ prospect Owen Tippett. According to SportsNet’s Jeff Marek, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher along with senior advisors Danny Briere and Dean Lombardi attended a Charlotte Checkers, the AHL affiliate of the Panthers, and are reportedly interested in the 23-year-old winger.
The former 10th overall pick has been in and out of the Panthers’ lineup over the past two years as he’s struggled to live up to his draft status. Still, Tippett has notched 33 points in 94 NHL games while averaging just under 12 minutes of ice time and spending much of his time with the Panthers’ bottom lines which could explain his sub-par production.
Lucas Carlsson and Grigori Denisenko
According to Russ Cohen, a prospect expert with SiriusXM NHL network, a trade for Giroux may net the Flyers Lucas Carlsson and Grigori Denisenko. Carlsson has been fighting to stay in the Panthers’ lineup since he was acquired from the Blackhawks last year, putting up nine points in 32 games. Carlsson would bring a left-handed shot that the Flyers could use along with solid puck-moving and shot-blocking, according to Cohen. Meanwhile, Denisenko is another former first-round pick (15th overall in 2018) that could interest the Flyers. We haven’t seen much of him at the NHL level but he has “tremendous skating ability” and is just 21 years old.
Compher is a potential candidate, according to CrossingBroad’s Anthony SanFilippo, who can play either center or wing. The 26-year-old is a former second-round pick in 2013 who has become a solid depth forward. Compher has 18 points in 44 games this year and carries a $3.5 million cap hit through next season.
Another potential target is 23-year-old Tyson Jost who is also signed through next season but for a smaller cap hit of $2 million. He has just 14 points in 55 games this season and 107 through his 315 game career. Jost could be a flexible forward for the Flyers with the ability to play all three positions but is mainly a winger.
The Avalanche have just $287, 716 in cap space which is nowhere near enough to take on Giroux’s $8.275 million cap hit but the Flyers are likely to retain salary if they get the return they want. It’s also being reported by Elliotte Friedman that there could be a three-way deal in the works to get Giroux to Colorado with another rebuilding team being added to retain salary and help clear space for Giroux.
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