Flyers to honor Giroux for 1,000th game before expected trade


All involved have been open about the reality that the last-place Philadelphia Flyers could, and probably will, send beloved captain Claude Giroux to a contender before Monday’s trade deadline. General manager Chuck Fletcher said in late January that the 34-year-old with no Stanley Cup titles on his résumé who has been associated only with the Flyers since the 2006 draft would have the final say on how he finishes the final months of his contract, and it was reported last month that Giroux and Fletcher would discuss realistic trade options. 

Giroux is scheduled to play his 1,000th career regular-season NHL game Thursday night when the Flyers host the Nashville Predators. Per The Associated Press (h/t ESPN), the club will celebrate both Giroux and his family via a special pregame ceremony that will include players wearing special warm-up jerseys that feature Giroux’s name and number. Giroux will also receive custom artwork and will be greeted by special guests of honor. 

“If I can be honest, I’m trying to focus on playing 1,000 games with the Flyers,” Giroux explained while speaking with media members on Wednesday. “It’s something I’m proud of. I’m very happy I got the chance to do this. After that, it’s going to be, change the mindset a little bit and see how things are going to go.”

The Flyers play at the Ottawa Senators on Friday night before they return home to welcome the New York Islanders to town on Sunday afternoon. By then, Giroux could already be skating with new teammates. 

“That is completely unfair to place it on G that we don’t have a Stanley Cup,” Flyers coach Mike Yeo added during his Wednesday comments. “Hopefully that moment does come for him, where he is a Stanley Cup winner.”

Giroux’s contract includes a no-movement clause, so he’ll have to sign-off on any trade made before 3:00 p.m. ET Monday. 


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