Associated Press source: Commercial Pilots Captain Claude Giroud to Panthers

Philadelphia (AFP) – Claude Giroud will try to win his first Stanley Cup in Florida.

The Philadelphia Flyers sold the Giroux after he played his 1,000th game in his career with the Florida Panthers, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity on Saturday because the deal has not been announced.

The move cements Florida’s standing as a contender in the Stanley Cup, giving Alexander Barkov an elite streak and one of the best aces in the National Hockey League. The Panthers earlier in the week traded round one and more with Montreal defender Ben Chiarot.

Giroux was traded after playing his 1,000th game for the Flyers and was honored Thursday with a match in his honor. Drafted into the first round in 2006, Giroux made his Philadelphia debut on February 19, 2008, and played his entire career with the Flyers. He has 900 career points and is eighth in the Flyers’ career roster with 291 goals. He helped the Flyers reach the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals and was named the All-Star Player of the Season.

The Flyers also acquired Owen Tippett and draft picks.

Giroux had to waive the no-motion clause that was part of his $66.2 million eight-year contract.

Join Hall of Famer and two-time Stanley Cup champion Bobby Clarke as the only players to reach a total of 1,000 matches with the Flyers. Giroux was named captain on January 15, 2013.

The Flyers have just 19 wins and are tied for last place in the DC division.

It’s Florida’s second significant trade as the deadline approaches, after the Panthers landed at Keyroot.

The defending man is expected to join Florida next week, when the Panthers play in Montreal. This will likely be Giroud’s first match with his new club.

It’s another clear sign that Florida is finally doing everything against its fortunes. The Panthers went to the Stanley Cup Final in 1996, the franchise’s third season.

They haven’t won a playoff since, hopping through a dozen coaches, going from one rebuilding to the next, often playing before an empty circuit and haunted by rumors for years that they’re leaving Florida.

But that’s as good as ever for the Panthers, who have the second-best record in the National Hockey League entering Saturday, have Hart Trophy rival Jonathan Huberdeau, half a dozen scorers with 20 goals this season already and an elite player in Barkoff closed for seven. other years.

Additionally, the Panthers have survived a lot of ordeals this season.

Team watched Joel Quinville step down as coach for seven unbeaten games of the season as part of the fallout from the Chicago Blackhawks’ player abuse scandal — which is what happened when Quinville coached there more than a decade ago. And on Friday, first-team defender Aaron Eckblad was seen crawling off the bench in agony after sustaining a lower leg injury at Anaheim. But by night’s end, the team already had enough information to believe Ekeblad had dodged the major injury that would likely end his season and put a major impact on Florida’s title hopes.

The Flyers have always been out of competition for the championship. But the Giro’s 1,000th match was a rare occasion to celebrate in Philadelphia. Clarke presented Giroud the silver wand to mark the occasion, and his teammates gave him a Rolex and an NHL Crystal. Giroud also played 85 playoff games in Philadelphia.

“The fans, the organisation, my teammates have been very good to me for many years and that is one of the reasons why I felt emotional after the match,” Giroud said.


Associated Press sports writers Stephen Winno and Tim Reynolds contributed to this report.


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