Claude Giroux has made it quite clear: he is tired of sitting around. In an interview with the Ottawa Sun, Giroux had mentioned that he is getting “a little bored”, and had previously stated that he was weighing all of his options.
Now, the young Philadelphia Flyers star may have found a new home, at least for the time being. Russia Sports Express is reporting that Giroux is in serious negotiations with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. The loose Google translation of the article said this:
According to our data, the list of candidates for the completion of the “Vanguard” could be the envy of even the army club in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Yesterday morning to sign striker “Phoenix” Martin Ganzala was almost a done deal. But at the moment the Czech transition in question, as he has a competitor from Canada: the third scorer last season NHL Claude Giroux of the “Philadelphia”
Omsk joined the KHL in 2008, and was the home of Jaromir Jagr from 2008-2011. The most notable members of the team are LW Alexander Frolov, who spent his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings, Defenseman Martin Skoula, who spent time with six NHL teams, and LW Alexander Popov, who has been with Avangard Omsk since 1998, and played for Team Russia in the 2012 Ice Hockey World Championships.
Although a deal seems close, Courier Post reporter Dave Isaac spoke with Giroux’s agent, who says that he is “having discussions with many different teams at this point”.
At just age 24, Giroux took the NHL by storm last season. He scored 28 goals and added 65 assists in 77 Regular Season games. He carried is strong play through the Postseason, registering 17 points (8 G, 9 A) in just 10 games.
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