Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman wrote today the Flyers were interested in Florida Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and the Panthers wanted Claude Giroux in return. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren declined and now Giroux is one of the league's top players.
What makes it particularly interesting is Friedman comparing Holmgren saying "no" to trading Giroux to him saying "no" to trading Sean Couturier.
Philly wanted Jay Bouwmeester from Florida and the Panthers asked for Claude Giroux -- before the current Flyers captain was an established player. Paul Holmgren said no, a franchise-altering move. Someday, we're going to find out how many times he said no about Couturier. The Los Angeles Kings asked for sure last summer, when Jonathan Bernier was on the move, but the Flyers said no dice. I don't know how much Couturier will score, but he's an elite shutdown player.
But Couturier's strength is his ability to shutdown opposing team's top lines. He combined to keep Penguins' Hart Trophy winners Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin off the score-sheet in both games of the Flyers home-and-home sweep of Pittsburgh.
Keeping Giroux with the Flyers defines 'franchise-altering move" but Friedman is correct in noting that keeping Couturier could also fall into that category in the future.
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