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.
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