Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux's MVP performance at the 2022 NHL All-Star Game will ensure he remains the subject of trade conjecture leading up to the March 21 trade deadline. It remains to be seen if he'll waive his no-movement clause to join a Stanley Cup contender.
Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher won't pressure Giroux, leaving the decision up to his 34-year-old captain. Meanwhile, media chatter continues to link the versatile forward to several playoff hopefuls.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman recently suggested Giroux would be a good addition with the Colorado Avalanche. The Score's John Matisz included the Minnesota Wild among his list of destinations for the long-time Flyer.
Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic felt Giroux or Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller would address the Boston Bruins' need for a second-line center. Calgary Hockey Now's Steve Macfarlane believes Gioux's play at the All-Star Game shows how he can bolster the Flames' secondary scoring.
Giroux would be a terrific addition to any playoff contender. For some, however, fitting the remainder of his $8.25-million cap hit for this season within limited payrolls could prove difficult. Cap Friendly shows the Avalanche with $1.691 million in deadline day cap space.
The Flames ($5.56 million), Bruins, ($8.325 million) and Wild ($11.35 million) could have an easier time acquiring Giroux if he's willing to waive his NMC to join one of them. It then becomes the matter of meeting the Flyers' asking price, which could include a first-round pick and perhaps a top prospect.
The answer likely won't be known until the calendar flips to March. That leaves plenty of time for Giroux to make his decision and for more speculation over where he'll finish this season to flourish.