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After bounce-back year, Flyers need to keep Giroux at wing

After bounce-back year, Flyers need to keep Giroux at wing
Published On: Tue, Jul 24
May 3, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks mascot Wild Wing stands in the crowd in a firefighter outfit prior to the game between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames in game two of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

After a down year in 2016-17,A Claude GirouxA had a renaissance of sorts this past season when the Flyers moved him from center to wing, a decision that resulted in putting together what was arguably the best single season performance his career. He led the league with 68 assists, was second in the scoring race behind onlyA Connor McDavid, become just the sixth player in the past seven seasons to top the 100-point mark.

He was a legitimate MVP contender (he finished fourth in the voting; he was second on my ballot) for a Flyers team that made a return to the playoffs.

With Giroux seemingly back to being an elite scorer, a strong nucleus of young players led byA Shayne Gostisbehere,A Ivan Provorov,A Nolan Patrick, and (perhaps most importantly) goaltender Carter Hart, as well as the return of top-line goal-scorerA James van Riemsdykin free agency, the Flyers look like a team that could be a major player in the Eastern Conference in the coming seasons.

Earlier this month NBC Philadelphiaa€™s John Boruk made the argument (read it here) that moving Giroux back to center could be the Flyersa€™ best move in an effort to balance the lineup, and that it is something the teama€™s brass might even be considering. Whether or not the Flyers have actually considered it or are considering it, leta€™s just entertain the possibility because a€¦. well a€¦ ita€™s July 23 and therea€™s no better time like the present to discuss hypothetical line combinations for the upcoming season.

It is a compelling argument that is centered around Girouxa€™s return to center giving the team a depth-chart down the middle of Giroux,A Sean Couturier, and Patrick, while also givingA Travis KonecnyA what would most likely be a guaranteed spot as a top-six winger.

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