Report: Claude Giroux will head to Ottawa once free agency opens today
Legendary Flyer Claude Giroux is reportedly heading to the Ottawa Senators once the market opens today at noon, according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic.
Giroux, 34, is a UFA and will be heading back to his hometown of Ottawa, where he moved to when he was 14 years old. Claude played 15 seasons with the Flyers, racking up 291 goals and 609 assists, good for 900 total points in 1,000 games. Giroux is 3rd on the Flyers’ all-time points list and was the longest-tenured Philadelphia athlete before he was traded.
The Flyers traded Claude Giroux to the Florida Panthers on March 19, 2022, along with a 2024 5th rounder, Connor Bunnaman, and German Rubstov, and acquired Owen Tippett, a 2024 1st, and a 2023 3rd. Giroux played 18 games with the Panthers, logging 3 goals and 20 assists. Giroux got another taste of playoff hockey this past season with Florida, beating the Capitals in the 1st round, but falling in ugly fashion to the Lightning in the following round.
Contract details have not been released due to the market not technically open yet, but expect the move to come very shortly after. It’s going to be an interesting few days for the Flyers, with circulating rumors about Johnny “Hockey” Gaudreau potentially narrowing his options to Philly and New Jersey. The Flyers would need to find a suitor for JVR if they wanted to acquire the young star.
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