Claude Giroux is open to staying with the Panthers in 2022-23

At the latest trade deadline, the Florida Panthers are aggressive. Not only did they pay a relatively high price to secure Ben Chiarot’s services, but they also took another big blow by taking on forward Claude Giroux.

The latter has done a good job in Florida this season, scoring 23 points in 18 regular season games before adding eight more in 10 playoff games.

Unlike Chiarot, he will play the price the Panthers paid for his services.

But the Panthers haven’t passed the second round of the playoffs, and now that their season is over, Giroux (and Chiarot) will be free as air for a few weeks, and we don’t know if the team will have the money to keep the them.

However, if that happens, Giroux said he is open to the idea of ​​staying in Florida in 2022-23. He needs time to think, but as of today, at least, he is open.

However, even with Giroux open, it’s hard to know if the Panthers will be able to make room for him on their payroll. With Aleksander Barkov’s big contract starting in 2022-23, Keith Yandle’s buyout penalty close to $ 5.4 million next year and the fact that the team is pretty tight for next season with a few days to sign, it is not necessary. a good sign.

In other words, it takes to be creative, and Giroux knows money will be the main factor if he returns to Florida next season.

Obviously, trading with Sergei Bobrovsky ($ 10 million) and/or Patric Hornqvist ($ 5.3 million) are ways for the team to vacate a salary, but if there are no drafts chosen to be sent with those people, he will have a hard time finding someone willing. give. accept these salaries.

And with Jonathan Huberdeau becoming a free agent at the end of the 2022-23 campaign, the Panthers must give themselves a way to re-sign him there.

In other words, if Giroux returns to Florida, I believe it will be for a year more. The salary could be nice if the Panthers make the right decisions and he still has good hockey in his body to offer a team that can win him his first Stanley Cup.

For Ben Chiarot, on the other hand, I think we can forget that: he will probably continue his career somewhere other than the Panthers …

So many

– To listen.

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