NHL Daily: Flyers Growing; Claude Giroux Rolling
At 35, Claude Giroux is not showing any signs of slowing down.
The former Philadelphia Flyers captain is having a very good first season with the Ottawa Senators, his hometown team.
Giroux has 16 goals and 26 assists for the Senators; he is on pace for 28 goals and 73 points.
In Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the visiting New York Islanders, Giroux contributed a goal and an assist as the Sens improved to 21-23-3.
Last March, the Flyers sent Giroux, two minor-leaguers, and a fifth-round draft selection in 2025 to Florida for Owen Tippett, a first-round pick in 2024, and a third-rounder this year.
Tippett, 23, who has 13 goals and 26 points in 44 games, is having a breakout season. Coupled with the future draft picks, the Flyers look like clear winners in the trade.
But that doesn’t diminish that Giroux is still a quality player who has been a mentor to many of Ottawa’s younger players.
Congrats to Ridly Greig, who made his NHL debut tonight and set up @28CGiroux’s GWG in @Senators’ 2-1 victory over the Islanders. Greig’s dad, Mark, is a @NHLFlyers scout.
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) January 26, 2023
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