Giroux was protected by Philadelphia and will not be available to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, NHL.com reports.
It was a disappointing season from Giroux, as he had his worst offensive season since the 2009-10 campaign. Additionally, his point total has now dropped in three consecutive years. While Giroux owns a high fantasy floor because of his astute power-play prowess, his even-strength numbers are dipping significantly. Among all forwards with at least 1,000 minutes last season, Grioux's 0.94 points per 60 minutes at five-on-five was the second-lowest mark in the league.
Giroux dished out helpers at even strength and shorthanded Tuesday in Winnipeg.
Giroux played a role in both of his team's goals in this 3-2 loss, with his shorthanded assist coming on a Matt Read tally with two seconds left. While he has eight points in his past eight games, this was only Giroux's second multi-point effort since Jan. 14. Unless he can muster 14 points over the final 10 games, the 29-year-old center will see a decline in scoring for the third consecutive campaign since putting up 86 points back in 2013-14.
Giroux's point streak stands at three games and three points (one goal, two assists) after getting an assist Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Bruins.
Giroux is on pace to fall short of the 60-point plateau this season, which would be his worst point-per-game production since 2009-10 (his first full season). Giroux's production has been on steady decline since the lockout and at 29, he's not about to see a big uptick in output.
Giroux scored his 13th goal of the season Tuesday in a 6-3 win over Buffalo.
Giroux snapped a 12-game goal drought with 1:58 to play in the second period. His tally made it 4-2 at the time, and it eventually held up as the game-winner. Giroux's plus-2 rating also marked his best performance in that category since Dec. 8, even though he skated just 14:39 in this one.
Giroux registered a pair of power-play assists in Tuesday's 4-0 rout of the Avalanche.
They were both secondary helpers, but Giroux's embattled owners will take what they can get, considering that the long-time star had tallied a meager five points in 16 games since his last multi-point effort, a two-assist performance against Boston back on Jan. 14. Giroux is sitting on his worst point pace since 2009-10 (when he was just breaking into the league) as well as an easily career-worst minus-17 rating, so the 29-year-old pivot's fantasy owners certainly aren't getting what they paid for on draft day. That said, he's as good a bet as anyone to heat up again down the stretch.