Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Position: Centre/Left Wing
Cap Hit: $8.275 million (UFA next season)
Contract: No Movement Clause
Claude Giroux’s style would fit nicely with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s obviously a great offensive threat as both a playmaker and a goal scorer, but he’s also defensively reliable. He’s great at caring the puck and getting pucks to the net.
Giroux would fit nicely as a top six left winger for the Leafs and could easily fill in if the Leafs lose a top centre again in the playoffs.
With a $8.275 cap hit, Giroux is the most expensive player on this list. I wouldn’t count the Toronto Maple Leafs out of the running due to his cap hit though as it’s very likely that Philadelphia will retain salary no matter where Giroux goes if he goes at all.
The biggest issue might be Claude Giroux’s no movement clause. He has total control on whether he stays or goes and where he goes if he goes. He might want to chase a cup. He might be comfortable in Philadelphia.
There is a chance he’d want to join the Toronto Maple Leafs. Giroux is an Ontario boy as he grew up in Hearst, Ontario, however growing up his family were fans of the Montreal Canadiens.
After 15 NHL seasons all with the Philadelphia Flyers, it would be weird to see Claude Giroux wearing another team’s jersey. They might decide to keep their longtime star, but at 34 years old and still holding value, the time to trade Giroux is now. It’s time for a rebuild in Philadelphia.