As the Philadelphia Flyers sit near the bottom of the NHL standings, captain Claude Giroux is one of the hottest trade candidates leading up to the deadline.
Winless in their last ten contests, the Flyers seemed to rebound after firing head coach Alain Vigneault, replacing him with Mike Yeo. But, they are slumping again, spurring trade talk among fans and analysts alike.
The 34-year old becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, spending his entire career in Philadelphia. While his contract includes a no-move clause, he is a perfect rent-a-player candidate and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman bets that Giroux will be just that before the NHL trade deadline on March 21.
Claude Giroux stats: 12 goals, 19 assists (8 power-play assists), 12.1% shooting, 28 hits
“I would bet that Giroux gets traded. I just think they have to figure out between him and them where it’s gonna go. I could see a situation where they say to him, ‘OK, why don’t you go chase a Cup this year and we’ll figure it out all out.’”
He could be the key piece a playoff-bound team needs to win or could be exactly what an on-the-cusp club covets to make a postseason push. Giroux could be an attractive addition to a few teams with the cap space and a role in their top-six forward corps that needs to be filled.