The Claude Giroux sweepstakes haven’t concluded as of first thing on Friday morning, but the Boston Bruins aren’t going to get the Flyers playmaking center.
In fact, one report had Giroux “nixing” any potential deal with the Boston Bruins as well as the New York Rangers by utilizing his no-movement clause rights during Philadelphia’s process of trading the prolific pivot.
The Flyers were considering offers from four teams – Florida, Colorado, Boston and the New York Rangers.
It is believed that Giroux nixed offers to New York and Boston.
— Anthony SanFilippo (@AntSanPhilly) March 18, 2022
The Florida Panthers are the heavy favorites to land Giroux, who had a royal sendoff in Philly on Thursday night while playing his 1,000th game in a Philadelphia Flyers sweater.
The tiny tux 😭 pic.twitter.com/aClJQULcT2
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) March 17, 2022
The 34-year-old Giroux still has game as evidenced by the 18 goals and 42 points in 57 games along with a minus-12 rating and is being kept back in Philadelphia for an impending deal as the Flyers team travels to Ottawa ahead of Monday’s NHL Trade deadline.
Panthers prospect Owen Tippett is expected to be the prosect headed to the Flyers in a deal for the rental center along with a first-round pick and other prospect considerations. The Colorado Avalanche are still reportedly in the running for Giroux as well, but the expectation is that Giroux wants to remain somewhere on the East Coast for the remainder of this season prior to entering NHL free agency this summer.
Giroux to the Panthers would lock them in as the favorites for the Stanley Cup coming out of the Eastern Conference after already giving up a boatload to land shutdown defenseman Ben Chiarot from the Montreal Canadiens earlier this week. A Giroux deal to a stacked Colorado Avalanche would do the same as the Flyers veteran is essentially picking between two of the best chances to get the veteran pivot the Stanley Cup he’s been chasing for his 14-year career on Broad Street.
From a Boston Bruins perspective, it’s got to always be disappointing when a playoff of Giroux’s stature declines a chance to play in Boston for whatever the reasoning. One would suspect it was Jack Studnicka potentially in play as the prospect in any theoretical Giroux deal with the Black and Gold.
But it’s doubtful the Boston Bruins were going to give up a first-round pick for a rental like Giroux in the first place as they’ve zeroed in on defensemen as the biggest need headed into Monday’s deadline with Jakob Chychrun and Hampus Lindholm as the main targets at this point.