I have oh so graciously returned from my weekend off social media and it did not last as long as intended. I gave up my Twitter break on Saturday night after I heard the news might be true: Claude Giroux might have really been traded. By god, I still can’t believe it’s real.
The 34-year-old player just played in his 1,000th NGL game and it was his 1,000th as a Flyer as well. He’d never played anywhere else, spending his first 15 years in the league as a Flyer and 10 of those as their captain. Then, a day after winning against Nashville in that 1,000th game, Giroux is shipped off to the Florida Panthers with Connor Bunnaman, German Rubtsov, and a 2024 fifth-round draft pick. In return, the Flyers got Owen Tippett and two picks – one in the 2023 third-round and the other a 2024 first-round.
It was early this morning when I couldn’t sleep that I just stared ahead and could not wrap my brain around Giroux actually playing somewhere else. He has been the lifeblood of this team for so long and just like that he’s off. Now I’ll really be pulling for Florida to win the Cup, Giroux deserves to win one so bad. It sucks that it won’t be with Philly but as someone who loved him diligently as a Flyer, I just wish him all the best.
The Flyers played their first game without Claude earlier today and they pulled off a 2-1 win over the Islanders thanks to the lovely Kevin Hayes. We won’t be seeing Giroux in his new threads until at least Thursday as the Panthers are off the next few days. It’s going to be so strange to see him in any color besides orange but maybe a new start with this team can lead him to some heavy hardware, he deserves that much. Now here are some videos to cry your eyes out to:
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