Flyers free-fall puts Claude Giroux trade to the forefront

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Dec 16, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) during the warm-up session before the game against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

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The injuries are piling up. So are the losses to the Philadelphia Flyers. As they continue to drop games in a variety of frustrating ways, it brings to the forefront what the future holds for captain Claude Giroux.

“[The Flyers and Giroux] were comfortable going into this year and seeing how things played out. But in the meantime, his name is coming up more and more in the rumour mill and for no real reason. I can tell you that, for one, the Flyers have not talked to teams about Claude Giroux,” Pierre LeBrun reported.

Flyers haven’t talked about trading Giroux…yet

“The Flyers have not talked to Claude Giroux about the trade deadline yet,” LeBrun continued. “Claude Giroux has not gone to the Flyers about the trade deadline and he hasn’t even gone to his agent yet – veteran Pat Brisson – and having that kind of discussion either.”

Philadelphia hopes to avoid a 10th consecutive defeat for the second time this season when it hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday (0-6-3). Of course, another loss to a division opponent drives them further down the standings and makes the noise around Giroux louder.

The challenge will be even more daunting with so many key injured players out of the lineup, such as Kevin Hayes (adductor/core), Sean Couturier (upper body), Ryan Ellis (lower body), Nate Thompson (shoulder) and Derick Brassard (hip).

“Obviously it’s a big loss for us at a time when we’re very thin at the center ice position,” Flyers interim head coach Mike Yeo said. “It’s a challenge. We need guys to step up right now. We have to show our character and not allow excuses to creep in with the guys we have out of the lineup.”

Will Giroux be traded?

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Dec 30, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) controls the puck during the second period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the rash of losses, Giroux remains a bright spot for the organization. He picked up two points on Tuesday against the Islanders. For the season, he has 31 points in 36 games.

Giroux is also second in franchise history for all-time points with 889, behind Bobby Clarke’s 1210.

Clarke, who is a senior advisor to the Flyers was recently asked on the Cam & Strick Podcast about Giroux future to which he expressed uncertainty.

So the question persists. Will the Flyers trade the 34 year-old pending UFA?

“There are nine weeks until the trade deadline… I know it’s mid-January, but there’s a lot of time to go,” LeBrun illuminated. “When it comes to Claude Giroux, yes, that discussion has to happen if the Flyers don’t turn around their season. He’s got a full no-move. He controls his fate closer to March 21.”

At this rate, it’s hard to imagine the Flyers getting into the playoff race making his trade at the deadline likely. Of course, you can’t rule out a return to Philly in the summer. The only team Giroux has ever known.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report