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Claude Giroux Traded to Florida Panthers for Tippett, Draft Picks

One of the biggest names is off the trade board as Claude Giroux is headed to Florida in a deal that sends Owen Tippett and a pair of draft picks back to Philadelphia.
Claude Giroux

For the first time in his NHL career, Claude Giroux is headed to a new destination.

The Philadelphia Flyers traded Giroux, young forwards German Rubstov and Connor Bunnaman and a 2024 fifth-round pick in exchange for prospect Owen Tippett, a 2024 first-round pick and a 2023 third-rounder.

Giroux played in his 1,000th NHL game on Thursday night, the final game of his career with the only team he has ever played for. Giroux finished his run with the Flyers with 900 regular-season points and another 73 playoff points in 85 outings. Giroux led the NHL in scoring in 2017-18 with 102 points, highlighted by a career-high 68 assists.

Giroux is second in all-time points for Philadelphia, trailing just Bobby Clarke's 1,210. According to Hockey-Reference's model, Giroux's 377.2 adjusted goals created is the most in franchise history, three more than Clarke.

Over the past 10 years, Giroux's 750 points in 91 games sit fifth, with Patrick Kane leading the way with 853.

Bunnaman has played 54 games with the Flyers over three seasons, recording one goal and three points.

Tippett, once viewed as a top prospect, has struggled to land a full-time gig in the NHL. He has 14 points in 42 games with Florida this year but was pushed down to the AHL where he has proven his offensive prowess is too strong. Tippett should have a good chance to be an offensive leader with Philadelphia next year, assuming the 23-year-old can bounce back in a big way.

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