We’re going to have a talented team competing to make the playoffs.

Giroux himself was snake-bitten in his final 47 games, mustering only four goals. That, and his steady decline in scoring the past four seasons, caused the center to become the focus of offseason trade buzz . Giroux acknowledged the rumors to Sporting News Canada by saying, “they were just that,” rumors.

Now, with a deep prospect pool set to overflow onto the NHL roster, the Flyers have reason to believe 2017-18 will be a more successful season.

“We’re going to have a young team, we know that” Giroux said. “We’re going to have a talented team competing to make the playoffs.”

Though the Avalanche were plenty active, selling off four players in all Wednesday, the league’s worst team opted to hold on to star forward Matt Duchene, the apple of the NHL’s eye and Colorado’s most precious asset, with little in the way of big names changing teams before the window closed at 3 p.m. ET.

Duchene was linked to a number of suitors through the rumor mill. The 26-year-old is a lame duck in the Avs’ lost season as the franchise aims to hit the reset button. Duchene’s two contract years remaining ($6 million AAV) made him an intriguing option for contenders thinking beyond this season, particularly the Canadiens, but this deal will wait until the summer, much to the disappointment of trade deadline enthusiasts.

Even without the big fish, Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin was busy reworking his roster as the franchise attempts to save face and avert a second-half collapse.

Who are the Canadiens? It’s possible Bergevin doesn’t even know the NFL Jerseys Outlet answer. One of the NHL’s best teams in 2016 was among its worst in January and February as the Habs lost their grip on the Atlantic Division. They added a considerable amount of size and sandpaper Nike NFL Jerseys Supply to the bottom six in Ott, King and Martinsen, and bolstered defensive depth with additions of Jordie Benn and Brandon Davidson pre-deadline day. Montreal is 4-2 since hiring Claude Julien as coach and has re-opened its division lead.

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Marshawn Lynch has poured himself into Oakland since signing with the Raiders in April and has focused his community involvement efforts on kids in the Bay Area. Lynch grew up in Oakland and has always made the city a priority, but the running back has upped his efforts since donning the silver and black.

Given Matt Forte’s age (31) at his position and what has happened to the roster around him, the veteran back’s status is a bit of a surprise. Then again, the Jets don’t have much behind NFL Jerseys Outlet him.

Forte, who with the Bears often excelled as a receiver out of the backfield, likes the idea of West Coast Offense principles, which Morton is expected to employ. He should see more third-down snaps and receiving opportunities as a result.

The Panthers have made a consistent financial and depth commitment to their front four under GM Dave Gettleman, and the results (see their increase to 47 sacks last season) have been there. No wonder they didn’t hesitate to re-up with their best returning veteran ends, Charles Johnson and Mario Addison, before locking up elite franchise tackle Kawann Short at five years and $80 million. They also brought NHL Jerseys Wholesale back Julius Peppers after all these years to their 4-3 and essentially replaced 2014 second-rounder Kony Ealy (traded to Patriots) with third-round draft pick Daeshon Hall.

Their rotation is loaded inside and out. Peppers and Hall will bring good situational energy. The key for Carolina has been keeping players fresh and motivated, whether it’s been on early or passing downs. Peppers this year can give them more than Jared Allen did in 2015, and the high-upside Hall has more to his motor than Ealy. The Panthers should be a stronger unit overall, in position to jump Arizona for the league’s most productive pass rush.