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Flyers hail Giroux in potential final days

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Some of Giroux’s other best moments include:

– The best in the world. Giroux crushed Sidney Crosby just five seconds into the game, buried his sixth goal of the series past Marc-André Fleury 27 seconds later and led the Flyers to a decisive Game 6 playoff win over Pittsburgh in 2012 He gestured to the crowd and slammed the glass in honor of his goal, drawing 20,000 fans and living up to former coach Peter Laviolette’s hype that Giroux was the “best player in the world”.

— Game 3. As the Flyers lost 0-2 to Chicago in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Giroux delivered in the clutch in a must-win game. He scored 5:59 into overtime to give the Flyers a 4-3 win. “He smiled all day, came into the arena and had a great game. Talented kid,” Laviolette said.

– Hat trick. Giroux’s first career regular season hat trick helped the Flyers clinch a playoff berth on the final day of the 2012 season. He finished with 34 goals and 102 points, the only time he topped 100 career points.

– Cold outside. The Flyers packed nearly 70,000 fans into the NFL Stadium across the street for an away game against the Penguins in 2019. Trailing by two goals in the third period, the Flyers scored twice in the final minutes and Giroux had the winner at 1:59 of overtime, sending what remained of the sold-out crowd into a frenzy.

“I think it may have taken me a little while to figure out what it’s like to play in Philadelphia,” Giroux said. “I have to understand and understand how they are. They are completely crazy. Their passion, how they want to win. We must respect their way of thinking, their way of acting.

First-round pick in the 2006 draft, Giroux joins Hall of Famer and two-time Stanley Cup champion Bobby Clarke as the only players to reach 1,000 games entirely with the Flyers. Giroux made his debut on February 19, 2008, scored his first goal on January 27, 2009, and was named captain on January 15, 2013.

He pretty much did everything except lead the Flyers to a championship.

“It’s completely unfair to put on G that we don’t have a Stanley Cup,” Flyers coach Mike Yeo said Wednesday. “I hope that time comes for him, where he’s a Stanley Cup winner.”

But where? Giroux will have to waive his no-move clause that was part of his eight-year, $66.2 million contract.

Philadelphia Flyers’ Claude Giroux walks to the ice before an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

There were reasons beyond his 1,000th game for the Flyers to wait before trading Giroux. Due to how the NHL salary cap works, teams can accumulate space daily and afford more on deadline day than in previous weeks. The Colorado Avalanche, who have been linked to Giroux, completed a trade on Tuesday to save $1.275 million in cap space and still have the choices and prospects to facilitate a deal with Philadelphia.

“I mean, the love for the game is still there,” Giroux said.

Just like his love for Philly.

But he would surely enjoy lifting the Stanley Cup a little more this season.