Ottawa Senators ahead Claude Giroux spent 15 seasons carrying the orange and black of the Philadelphia Flyers. On Saturday, he’ll step onto the ice on the Wells Fargo Center for the primary time as an opponent.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, Giroux mentioned, “It’s going to be a weird night,” however he believes it is going to be the primary of many memorable returns to Philadelphia.
“I think every time I’ll get to play in Philly, it’s always going to be a special night,” Giroux told the media and NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman. “But obviously the first one is always the biggest deal.”
Giroux bought his first sport in opposition to his former group out of the best way final week in Ottawa and even tallied profession aim No. 300 in a 2-1 loss. However, Giroux is aware of Saturday will likely be totally different.
“I think after the first shift, when you get your feet wet and you’re kind of in the middle of the game, I think I’ll be fine,” Giroux mentioned. “But before that, I think it’s going to be a little tough.”
Selected twenty second total within the first spherical of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Flyers, Giroux trails solely Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke in games played (1,000), assists (609) and factors (900) for the franchise.
Traded to the Florida Panthers on the commerce deadline final season, Giroux grew to become a free agent this offseason, signing a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Senators. So far, the 34-year-old is making a optimistic influence in Ottawa, recording 12 factors (7 objectives, 5 assists) in 13 video games.