By Jenny Masters

Flyers fans have always thought Claude Giroux was an All-Star and a legend and an icon.

Thanks to Flyers butt boys like Glen Macnow.

However, when they got fair value when they dealt Giroux, Connor Bunnaman, prospect German Rubtsov, and a 2024 fifth-round pick to the Panthers in exchange for Owen Tippett, a 2024 or 2025 first-round pick, and a 2023 third-round pick. The Flyers retained 50 percent of Giroux’s cap hit.

This deal looks great for the Panthers, as they got a couple of young players thrown in the deal while moving out Tippett who had found it hard to stay in the lineup regularly. They gave up just one first-round pick pretty far in the future.

Frank Seravalli reported that Giroux was only willing to accept a trade to the Panthers. This put the Flyers at a disadvantage to either make a deal with the Panthers or not make one at all. Emily Kaplan reported that the Panthers’ package was aggressive, but not as aggressive compared to the Colorado Avalanche or Boston Bruins.

The reality is that Giroux was a nice player, but never a difference-maker.

And the team was built around him, so now maybe they can move on from the myth and into reality.

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