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Claude Giroux Trade Odds: Panthers, Avalanche or Maple Leafs?

Adrian Dater for Bookies.com

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Claude Giroux Trade Odds: Panthers, Avalanche or Maple Leafs?

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Who's the biggest name available at the NHL trade deadline bazaar? It depends who you ask, and who you think is really available or not. But the general consensus in NHL betting circles suggests that name is Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux.

Giroux, a former Hart Trophy winner, is in the last year of his $8.25 million contract and is almost certainly going to be traded by the March 21 trade deadline. He has a no-trade clause in his contract, but he and the Flyers have openly talked about the probability that he’ll be on the move to another team soon.

He reportedly really wants to play his 1,000th game as a Flyer, which would happen on March 17. After that, though, look for the 34-year-old to be dealt to a contender.

Which contender will that be? Let’s look at our projected NHL odds market, courtesy of NHL expert Adrian Dater:

Claude Giroux Next Team Odds

Florida Panthers+200
Colorado Avalanche+400
Toronto Maple Leafs+1000
St. Louis Blues+1500

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Florida Panthers (+200)

Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher and assistant GM Danny Briere have been spotted at a couple of Charlotte Checkers games of late. Why is that significant? Because that’s where Owen Tippett plays. Tippett, a former first-round pick of the Florida Panthers who has played of late with the Panthers’ AHL club, hasn’t been able to stick with a very good Florida club and is reportedly available in a potential Giroux deal.

Florida is an excellent team right now, but adding a guy like Giroux to its top-six forward group would really give the Panthers a loaded offense for the playoffs. The Panthers don’t have a lot of cap space right now, so they’ll either need to offload a medium-sized contract in return, or get a third team involved to facilitate a deal. But right now, I think Florida has taken the lead in the Giroux sweepstakes.

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Colorado Avalanche (+400)

By nearly all accounts, including mine, the Avs will do something “big” by the deadline. This team really wants to win its third Stanley Cup - and first in 21 years - this year. A guy like Giroux would be a nice added piece to an already-loaded team.

The Flyers and Avalanche have scouted each other a lot lately, including a full week in Philly for Avs assistant GM Chris MacFarland, who spent time watching their games. There is a feeling, though, that maybe the Avs don’t want to part with as much as the Flyers want.

That’s just speculation at this point, but the fact that Flyers brass has been scouting a top Florida prospect so much lately has led to the feeling that maybe Giroux-to-Colorado isn’t the lock it once was thought to be.

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Toronto Maple Leafs (+1000)

The Maple Leafs probably need help more on defense than up front, but adding Claude Giroux to any contending team probably makes them better. Giroux is from Ontario, so being closer to home might appeal to him more than a place like Denver or Florida. Remember, Giroux has a full no-trade clause.

He can say no to any deal if he wants. The Flyers are believed to want to accommodate Giroux’s relocation desires as much as they possibly can. The Leafs don’t have a ton of cap space either, so they’d need to get creative to make a Giroux deal work. But GM Kyle Dubas is a smart cap guy. This is one to watch for Ontario sports betting fans.

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St. Louis Blues (+1500)

Definitely do not count out the St. Louis Blues as a potential landing spot for Giroux. Blues GM Doug Armstrong likes to make splashy deals, and has been known to quietly swoop in at the last minute to close a big trade.

The Blues have some very good forwards, but they could use a little more offense probably if they want to make another serious run at a Cup. The Blues would definitely need to offload a nice-sized contract in return to get Giroux, or else look for that third-party team (Seattle, Arizona?) to facilitate such a deal.

Armstrong likes to always be going for it - he’s not a rebuild guy - so keep an eye on the Blues here. Blues coach Craig Berube, who spent years in the Philly organization, is reportedly close to Giroux. So, that could help a deal happen.

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Adrian Dater for Bookies.com
Adrian Dater
Adrian Dater writes about the NHL for Bookies.com. The longtime NHL writer spent 25 years at The Denver Post, 20 of which as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche.