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It's time to start appreciating Claude Giroux for all that he is

It's time to start appreciating Claude Giroux for all that he is

He’s the longest-tenured active athlete in Philadelphia, what he has done for the Flyers doesn’t go unnoticed by fans — but for some reason, Claude Giroux still falls through the cracks when it’s time to get recognized on a broader scope in the NHL.

And I don’t mean when he just hits a career milestone, either. Of course an athlete is going to be recognized for a moment like that in their career, but for it to be the only time Giroux gets any form of acknowledgment, at least league-wide, is simply absurd.

Everyone celebrates these moments to honor the captain for yet another accomplishment he has within the franchise, but it also got me thinking  — why … why is he only ever recognized after these and not at all times? … Because he should.

Giroux is an athlete that deserves credit for just about everything he does. And even though he’s not on pace for any huge career numbers this season, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It just means there is a ton of talent throughout the roster and things aren’t falling on his shoulders at all times — and there haven’t been many times throughout his time in the NHL when that could’ve been said.

That doesn’t mean he isn’t a great help though. Through the past five games, he has eight points (two goals, six assists) and looks to be heating up at a perfect time, as five of the next seven games are against Metropolitan teams.

Vastly underappreciated is an understatement and frankly, when you watch a player succeed throughout their entire career and hope for them to be recognized for their greatness and they don't? It’s infuriating.

The word elite either resonated with followers or struck a nerve with them. But it’s rather simple  — Giroux is elite.

There are only a few in the league who are able to hold that title, and it doesn’t just come down to the numbers put up by them. It’s a combination of skill, leadership, how they handle themselves off the ice and so much more.

Still don’t think he’s elite? Let’s take a look at a few things:

Through the decade

Since the start of the 2010-11 season, Giroux ranks in the top among most stats:

1st overall in assists (507)
1st in power play points (286)
4th overall in points (734)
4th in faceoff win percentage (55.6 percent) for players with 700-plus games
6th overall in games played (754)

His name falls in line with Alex Oveckin, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and John Tavares but rarely gets the media attention it deserves.

New milestones

It was certainly a fun moment a handful of games ago to see Giroux take the spotlight during a national broadcast when the Flyers won on the road against the Capitals. From the moment the night began, everyone was on Ovechkin watch — as the player was just two goals shy of reaching the 700-goal mark of his career. That didn’t happen (and it still hasn’t, as he is currently in a five-game pointless stretch) but do you know what did? Giroux reached 800 points for his career instead.

It was truly a fun turn of events, when the highlights of the game were all on the captain and his new milestone after the orange and black won.

Another huge moment for Giroux on the season came just a few nights ago — when he passed Flyers legend Bobby Clarke for the new franchise record of power play assists. Giroux now solely holds first with 235 power play assists … and he did so in quite a statement move.

In addition to that, he’s just 20 power play points shy of tying Clarke for most in the franchise — a record that will be reached in just a matter of time. It most likely would’ve already happened if he had never moved off the left side of the top unit, but it’s another countdown to keep an eye on.

He’s also 20 games shy of 900 games played in his career. The list goes on and on and on …

Off the ice matters, too

Giroux also tends to be overlooked when it comes to just how valuable his leadership skills are, especially with quite the amount of young players on the current team. He looks out for them, helps them improve their skill sets and build their confidence.

A moment that stood out, especially from this most recent season, comes from the “Behind the Glass” series that aired on the NHL Network. The final moments of this video, where Giroux and goaltender Carter Hart had a moment before heading back out following an intermission.

It was a look at what happens behind closed doors. What happens when there are no cameras on the players or media in the room. Moments like that don’t go unnoticed.

And remember that Capitals game just mentioned where he earned his 800th career point? Postgame, he was just happy he was able to contribute to the win and made sure to credit his teammates over anything else.

It’s a simple fix, really

The truth of the matter is, if Giroux had a Cup to his name, this debate wouldn’t even be a debate. Everyone would agree that he should be ranked as a top-tiered player over the course of most recent years. Until that moment arrives, it’ll unfortunately be a discussion that will continue to be had.

Also, if you take a look at the talent Giroux has played alongside, compared to the talent alongside say Ovechkin and Crosby  — who knows where his numbers would be? Odds are, a lot higher.

For Philadelphia fans, they know what their captain has done for this franchise throughout his time here. It’s only a matter of time before others around the league start to see it as well.

And boy, what a feeling that will be.

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What you’re tasked to do is select the correct amount of times the athlete pictured was named to an All-Star Game while in Philadelphia.

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Bobby Clarke's former home, with incredible Flyers logo-shaped pool, is for sale

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Bobby Clarke's former home, with incredible Flyers logo-shaped pool, is for sale

Flyers fans, here’s the house of your dreams.

On this Memorial Day weekend, many in the area might be laying by the pool, but imagine laying by this pool.

If you’ve got $1.4 million and want to live in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, that can be your life.

This five-bedroom, five-bathroom home boasts, in the house description, that a former Flyer was once the owner. While it does not appear to be his current residence, Flyers legend Bobby Clarke has been quoted as saying he lived in this location, but moved after realizing the house was too private and he enjoyed having neighbors.

That’s good enough for me.

As for the house, it’s located in a private area of New Jersey and is just as beautiful on the outside. While the inside could use some updating, this could be the perfect project home for someone with a lot of cash. The backyard speaks for itself, with that tremendous pool, where you could party like it’s 1975, and tennis court. The inside also has tons of room for entertaining to go along with a beautiful kitchen and bedrooms with tons of closet space.

This home was, presumably, purchased by Clarke in 1982 for $350,000 and doesn’t appear to have had much work done on the inside. That being said, it looks like this house has incredible bones and could have the makings of something spectacular with a little elbow grease.

So, if you want to say you lived in the same house as an NHL Hall of Famer and have a pool that maybe even Gritty would come over for a dip in, this is the one for you.

Here are a few more photos from the listing.

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