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New Ottawa Senators center Claude Giroux may be 34 years old and past the prime of his career, but the veteran is just as driven as ever heading into his first season in Canada’s capital.

“Every summer, I find ways to motivate myself. This year, it’s pretty easy to motivate myself coming to play in Ottawa,” Giroux told The Athletic’s Ian Mendes. “A lot of people say I’m a little too old and I’m on the way down, but you know what? I kind of like hearing that stuff. It keeps me on my toes.”

Giroux signed a three-year, $19.5-million pact with the Senators as an unrestricted free agent this summer. The former Philadelphia captain split the 2021-22 campaign between the Flyers and the Florida Panthers. He logged 21 goals and 44 assists in 75 contests – his highest point total since the 2018-19 campaign.

The Ontario native is used to dealing with his fair share of doubt. Giroux mustered just 14 goals and 44 assists in 82 games during the 2016-17 campaign and was in need of a rebound as he approached his 30th birthday.

“I didn’t have a great year. I just came out of hip surgery, and a lot of articles came out (saying) that I’m getting old and I’m slowing down,” Giroux said. “At that time, I was a little angry. But that’s all I needed. A little more motivation.”

Giroux made changes to his rigorous training regime and had what he called one of his “best summers,” which led to a career-high 102 points over 82 contests in 2017-18.

He’ll be 37 when his current deal expires, but Giroux hasn’t made concrete plans for his career beyond that. Though his trainer, Tony Greco, believes he can play into his 40s, Giroux is solely honed in on maintaining his productivity in a younger, faster NHL.

“The focus is a little different than when I was 17 and I was trying to gain weight and get stronger,” Giroux said. “Now I’m just trying to keep my speed.”

He added, “You’re as old as you feel. And I feel strongly about that. I feel great. I feel the same way I used to when I was 24 or 25.”

One of the crown jewels of the Senators’ busy offseason, Giroux will hope to boost Ottawa’s playoff pursuit in a crowded Atlantic Division. The youthful Senators finished ahead of the Montreal Canadians for seventh place in the division with a record of 33-42-7.

The Ottawa Senators have signed unrestricted free-agent forward Claude Giroux to a three-year deal with an average annual value of $6.5 million, the team announced Wednesday.

Giroux, 34, split the 2021-22 season between the Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers. He put up 21 goals and 44 assists in 75 contests in 2021-22, and he was one of the biggest names on the free-agent market.

“I wouldn’t sign here if I didn’t think we had a chance to win the Cup,” Giroux told TSN after the news broke. He added, “For me coming here, I’m just excited to play with young talent that likes to compete; they have character. I’m not saying we’re going to win the Cup this year, but the plan is to build on it and have baby steps to that.”

He spent 15 seasons in Philadelphia, and the Flyers moved him before the trade deadline shortly after he played his 1,000th career NHL game with the franchise.

Giroux potted three goals and 20 assists in 18 regular-season games with the Panthers and went on to score eight points in 10 playoff games before Florida was swept in the second round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Selected by the Flyers in the first round of the 2006 draft, Giroux has 923 points in 1,018 career contests.

“We’re thrilled to add a player of Claude’s calibre to our lineup,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a news release. “He’s an elite offensive talent with exceptional faceoff prowess and a player who maintains a strong work ethic. His leadership skills are arguably among his best assets. We’ve set out to bolster our roster this offseason and this addition is another important component in helping us achieve that. We’re very happy to welcome Claude and his family home to Ottawa.”

The Senators have made a series of eye-popping moves so far this offseason. Ottawa acquired two-time 40-goal scorer Alex DeBrincat last week and traded for veteran goaltender Cam Talbot on Tuesday.

The Edmonton Oilers are among the teams interested in unrestricted free agent forward Claude GirouxThe Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun reports.

Edmonton is doing its due diligence on the veteran winger in the event it can’t re-sign fellow UFA forward Evander Kane, LeBrun adds.

Giroux was traded to the Florida Panthers this past season after 15 years with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Presidents’ Trophy winners were Giroux’s top destination at the trade deadline, and LeBrun reports there is still mutual interest between the two sides. However, Florida has just over $3 million in cap space this offseason with a roster size of 17.

Edmonton has $7.1 million available, according to Cap Friendly.

Giroux is one of the biggest names on the open market this summer. The 34-year-old proved he’s still an offensive threat last season with 65 points in 75 games split between the Flyers and Panthers.

The routine never changed. Claude Giroux and his wife Ryanne would find themselves talking daily in recent weeks about their options, if it made sense for the longtime captain of the Philadelphia Flyers to go to a new team, and which one would be the best fit.

The answer never changed, either.

“It was always coming down to Florida,” Giroux said. “It’s something that just feels like it was meant to be.”

The Panthers couldn’t agree more.

After 1,000 games in Flyers orange and black, Giroux was breaking in a new cap bearing Florida red and blue on Monday. The biggest move of the NHL’s trade deadline came over the weekend when the Panthers acquired the veteran forward, and the seven-time All-Star was formally introduced Monday by his new club.

“He wants to win,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said. “I got a text from somebody who had played with him, saying ‘you got the ultimate competitor.’ … He checks all the boxes.”

Giroux didn’t expect the season to have turned out this way. He had no designs on leaving Philadelphia, no reason to think that the Flyers would struggle this much and fall out of playoff contention so quickly.

But over the last few weeks, a move seemed inevitable. Further, it was also clear that no move would come before Giroux’s 1,000th game with the Flyers — which happened amid fanfare on Thursday. It was a celebration and a farewell, which was no secret by that point. Giroux was emotional taking his Flyers jersey off that night, then waited to see how the next couple days would play out.

He wanted Florida, which was already known to be all-in on its quest for a title after trading with Montreal for defenseman Ben Chiarot — a particularly wise move considering top Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad will miss a few weeks with a lower body injury.

Giroux had a no-trade clause waived to make the move happen. Then he just sat back and waited to see if it would get done.

“When we were kind of out of the playoffs that’s when I started thinking, where could I go, what would be a good place, a good fit for me to go and play and win a Cup,” Giroux said. “I was just looking around the teams and there was something about Florida. Every time I was tuning into a game, I just liked the way they played. And so, for me, I just thought it’d be a perfect fit.”

Giroux wouldn’t say if he’d have accepted a trade anywhere else. It seems doubtful that he would have.

“He earned that right to decide, to have a big say in where he would go, I think is the best way to put it,” Flyers president and general manager Chuck Fletcher said over the weekend. “I did have a very limited market in terms of the teams I could speak with. I spoke with several teams, but not all of those teams I would have been able to complete a deal with. There was a lot of interest in Claude, but it was a very limited market, ultimately, that I could give him to.”

No team has an easier schedule down the stretch of the regular season than the Panthers based on average points per opponent. Starting with Thursday’s game at Montreal, Florida plays six of its next seven games with teams that are out of playoff contention — and only four of the Panthers’ final 20 games are against teams that are currently in position to make the postseason.

Barring all-out collapse, Florida will smash its franchise record for points; the Panthers are at 90 now, the club record is 103 in 2015-16. They’re on pace for 336 goals; the club record there is 267. They’ve never finished better than fourth in the leaguewide regular-season standings; they’re second right now, legitimately in the race to win the President’s Trophy.

All that is nice.

The Panthers don’t care about any of it.

From the outset this season has been about winning a Stanley Cup, and the moves for Chiarot and Giroux only underscore how committed Florida — a team that hasn’t won a single playoff series since 1996 — is on making this the year where the Panthers hoist hockey’s chalice.

“That’s the reason I’m here,” Giroux said. “I’m here to win. I’m here to help the team win. That’s the reason why this trade happened. This team has a great chance to go far in the playoffs. Obviously, there’s a lot of great teams in the East, but coming to this team, I think I can help this team. And it’s time to go to work.”

The Philadelphia Flyers have traded longtime captain Claude Giroux to the Florida Panthers for a package that includes forward Owen Tippettboth teams announced Saturday.

In addition to Tippett, Philadelphia received a conditional 2024 first-round pick and a 2023 third-round pick in exchange for Giroux’s services. Prospects Connor Bunnaman and German Rubtsov and a 2024 fifth-round pick are also heading to Florida.

The Flyers will acquire the Panthers’ first-rounder in 2024 if the pick falls outside the top 10. Otherwise, they will receive the latter’s 2025 first-round selection.

Philadelphia will retain 50% of Giroux’s salary.

“Any day that you trade your captain is a tough day, and with how much Claude has meant to this organization and how he has represented himself for 15 years, makes it all that more difficult to say goodbye,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said.

“Claude is one of the best players to ever wear a Flyer uniform.”

Giroux was only willing to accept a trade to Florida, according to Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli. Earlier this month, reports emerged that the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues were also expressing interest in him.

The Panthers’ package was competitive but “not as aggressive” as other offers on the table, ESPN’s Emily Kaplan reports.

Giroux was one of the market’s top names available heading into Monday’s trade deadline. His contract, which carries an $8.275 million cap hit, contains a full no-movement clause, meaning he had control over his next move.

The 34-year-old logged 18 goals and 24 assists in 57 contests this season on a struggling Philadelphia squad. Giroux skated in his 1,000th game as a Flyer on Thursday night, but the team held him out of Friday’s contest versus the Ottawa Senators as trade rumors continued to heat up.

Bunnaman, a 2016 fourth-round pick, played in 15 games with Philadelphia this campaign. The 23-year-old forward has three points in 54 career NHL contests.

The Flyers drafted Rubtsov in the first round in 2016, and the forward suited up for just four games during the 2019-20 campaign.

Tippett was the odd-man-out in Florida’s deep forward corps. The 2017 10th overall pick registered six goals and eight assists in 42 games this season.

Philly’s 2006 22nd overall pick leaves as the franchise’s second-leading scorer with 900 points, sitting behind only Bobby Clarke, who still holds the top spot with 1,210. Giroux, the longest-tenured captain in Flyers history, was initially given the “C” in 2013.

The veteran center made the Stanley Cup Finals once with Philly in 2009-10, but his side ultimately lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. Giroux last suited up for a playoff game in 2020 when the Flyers fell to the New York Islanders in a spirited second-round series.

The seven-time All-Star either led or tied the Flyers in points in eight of the last 11 seasons. He will add his top-line pedigree to an already strong Panthers squad destined for the postseason. Florida sits atop the Atlantic Division with a 42-14-6 record.

After yet another embarrassing late-game collapse, Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux was unflinchingly honest about his team’s season.

“It’s been probably the worst year since (I’ve been) here,” Giroux told reporters after Philadelphia’s 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. “It’s been a tough year. Obviously, a lot of injuries, but I’m not going to start making excuses. It’s been a long year.”

He added: “There’s still some meetings and some things to talk about with the management and see what the game plan is, not just for this year, but for the future.”

The Flyers have an 18-30-11 record this season after winning six of their first 10 games.

As a result, Giroux, who’s a pending unrestricted free agent, is one of the top available names ahead of the March 21 trade deadline. The 34-year-old has registered 18 goals and 24 assists in 56 games while playing out the final season of an eight-year deal with an average annual value of $8.275 million.

Despite recording his 900th point in his 999th career NHL game Sunday, Giroux’s achievements were quickly overshadowed.

The Flyers held a 3-2 lead late in the third period when Canadiens defenseman Chris Wideman took an interference penalty. The Habs then tied the game with a shorthanded tally with just over 40 seconds left in the game before forward Cole Caufield delivered the final dagger in overtime.

“We’re gonna have to keep finding ways to get players to understand that you can play the way you want to play, or you can play winning hockey,” interim head coach Mike Yeo said postgame. “Again, I think there were things that you can look at. Our defensive game is getting better, blah, blah, blah, that’s nice. That’s what you have to do. That’s what you’re supposed to do.

“And there’s a way to play with the puck where you’re not turning it over and giving free ice and giving freebies to a team that obviously has skill. We still refuse to do that.”

Yeo added that he’s willing to take players’ ice time away, demote them to the fourth line, or scratch them entirely, including veterans, in order to get his message across.

The Florida PanthersColorado Avalanche, and St. Louis Blues are among the teams showing interest in Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude GirouxTSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported on Thursday’s “Insider Trading.”

Giroux is in the final season of an eight-year contract with an $8.275-million cap hit before becoming an unrestricted free agent. His pact also contains a full no-movement clause, so he controls his own destiny.

The 34-year-old is having another stellar campaign. He’s tallied 17 goals and 23 assists in 53 games – both of which rank second on the Flyers. He’s adept at playing both center and wing, too, and has won 61.5% of his faceoffs this season.

The Flyers sit last in the Metropolitan Division and are widely expected to be sellers at the trade deadline.

The Philadelphia Flyers will hold off on negotiating a new contract for Claude Giroux until the 2021-22 campaign ends.

“I’ve had good conversations with Claude and with Pat Brisson, his agent, and at this point our plan is to play the season out and we’ll talk at the end of (it),” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said Thursday.

“I think we’re both comfortable with that,” Fletcher added. “Claude’s our captain, he’s a great player, and I anticipate that we’ll find a way to continue that relationship going forward, but right now I think what we’ll do is we’ll just get through the season and we’ll look at the situation and see where he’s at, see where we’re at, and we’ll do what’s best for everybody.”

Giroux is entering the final campaign of the pact he inked with the Flyers in summer 2013. It carries a cap hit of $8.275 million, according to CapFriendly.

The pending unrestricted free-agent forward has spent his entire 14-year career with Philadelphia, and he’s worn the “C” for the club since 2012-13. He finished tied for the team lead with 43 points over 54 games last season.

Giroux ranks second in franchise history behind Bobby Clarke in games played with 943 compared to the Hall of Famer’s 1,144. He also sits ninth in goals (273), second in assists (585), and third in points (858) on the Flyers’ all-time lists.

Philadelphia selected him 22nd overall in 2006.

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux said he and his teammates were left with a bitter taste in their mouths by their Game 7 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

“Right now, it’s very frustrating,” Giroux told NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti. “We like our team. We like the pieces we have. Frustration is high right now. We’re going in the right direction, but it’s one game. We win this game and we’re going to the conference finals.”

The Flyers won Games 5 and 6 to force the winner-take-all contest but were blanked 4-0 and managed only 16 shots on goal with their season on the line.

Head coach Alain Vigneault echoed Giroux’s comments.

“I really liked our start to tonight’s game,” Vigneault said. “I thought the first six minutes, we were on our toes, we were making plays, we were playing in their end. And then after they scored that first goal, we just never had the same bounce or the same pop.

“Obviously, it’s very disappointing to our whole group.”

The Flyers finished fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 41-21-7 regular-season record. They earned the top seed in the playoffs by sweeping the round-robin portion of the return to play.

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With the Feb. 25 trade deadline looming, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher is making it clear that he will not be moving team captain Claude Giroux.

“We have a lot of good players here, but I would never say never to almost anybody besides Giroux,” Fletcher said, according to Philly.com’s Sam Carchidi. “He’s probably one of the best players in the history of the franchise.”

Although the GM discussed Philadelphia’s potential to shake things up at deadline day, Fletcher doesn’t appear interested in trading assets for a rental.

“I don’t expect us to trade our first-round pick for a rental, but we could both buy and sell,” he said, according to NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman.

The Flyers sit 14 points out of a wild-card seed in the Eastern Conference heading into Monday night’s action. Although Fletcher acknowledged Philadelphia was a long shot to make the playoffs, he remains hopeful the team can earn a postseason berth.

“We’re at a stage where we need a big run here,” he said, according to Carchidi. “We finished well before the break and we have an opportunity here – six of the next eight are at home – and clearly we need to get a lot of points.”

Fletcher has said longtime Flyer Wayne Simmonds – who’s a pending unrestricted free agent at the end of the year – could be moved before the deadline if the two sides can’t come to terms on a new contract.