With the trade deadline approaching and the Philadelphia Flyers all but eliminated from playoff contention, trade rumours have spiked in recent weeks and days surrounding captain Claude Giroux.
Today, TSN’s latest edition of Insider Trading had plenty to do with the Flyers captain. Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic had much to say on the topic, with the most important note being that there haven’t been any serious trade talks yet between the Flyers and other teams.
While the deadline is over a month away, teams are evidently looking to make moves early. Yesterday’s Tyler Toffoli trade began the cycle, and other names on the block (like Ben Chiarot) are rumoured to have already been involved in serious trade discussions.
It also appears as though the Flyers and general manager Chuck Fletcher have given Giroux and his agent some more leeway to seek out trade options themselves. They have clearance from the team to talk to potential fits and report back to the team with a shortlist of options, a solid courtesy. It’s also required, as Giroux has a full no-movement clause in his contract and has to approve any potential trade.
However, it likely won’t be just one team that Giroux approves a trade to. While the frontrunner (in the public sphere, at least) at the moment appears to be the Colorado Avalanche, there are a host of other teams in great contending positions who would likely be interested in a Giroux trade.