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Thursday, July 4, 2013
Flyers, Giroux closing in on massive deal

By Pierre LeBrun

The Philadelphia Flyers and captain Claude Giroux are closing in on a mammoth deal. Sources told ESPN.com it will be eight years and north of $8 million per year.

The deal is not totally done and needs a bit more work over the next few days, but that’s the framework being discussed.

Also:

• Senators GM Bryan Murray sounded confident Thursday when speaking with Ottawa media that he would be able to re-sign captain Daniel Alfredsson. The GM also announced that unrestricted free agent winger David Clarkson -- perhaps the most sought-after player on the market -- spent Wednesday in Ottawa speaking with the Senators. Murray said Clarkson was Ottawa’s No. 1 free-agent target. Toronto is expected to be among the several teams chasing Clarkson as well.

• The Leafs cleared some cap room ($5.5 million a year) by buying out center Mikhail Grabovski. It allows Toronto all kinds of cap flexibility, whether that’s to re-sign Tyler Bozak, chase UFA center Stephen Weiss or go after Clarkson, among other possible moves.