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NHL - US Sports: Panthers thrilled to acquire Giroux

General Manager Bill Zito says the Florida Panthers are thrilled to acquire veteran forward Claude Giroux from the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Panthers - 21/4 to win the Stanley Cup following the acquisition of Giroud - sent forward Owen Tippett, a first-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft or 2025 NHL Draft, and a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft in exchange.

Florida also received forward prospects Connor Bunnaman and German Rubtsov, and a fifth-round pick in the 2024 draft.

Giroux reaches huge landmark

Giroud recently appeared in his 1,000th NHL regular season game as part of the Flyers, over which he amassed 900 points (291 goals, 609 assists). He ranks second in Flyers history for points and assists.

A ten-season captain of Philadelphia, Giroud has scored 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) in 56 games this season, his 15th in total.

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Philadelphia reached the Stanley Cup Final in Giroux's second full season (2009/10, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks), which was their best run in eight campaigns with the Canadian. In 85 post-season appearances he scored 73 points (25 goals, 48 assists).

With the Flyers all but out of the play-off running (19-31-11), Giroux waived his no movement clause to join the Panthers, who lead the Atlantic Division and are second in the overall NHL standings (42-14-6).

Zito hails Giroux leadership

Zito said to the media: "Claude has been one of the most complete talents in the National Hockey League for over a decade.

"He has demonstrated his elite leadership and work ethic during his tenure in Philadelphia and we are thrilled to be able to welcome a player of his calibre to our line-up."

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