flyers vs. Islanders: Owen Tippett debuts in win, Gerry Mayhew claimed off waivers by Ducks

The Flyers officially started their post-Claude Giroux era Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 win over the Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center.

With the captain headed to Florida, the Flyers’ retooling has just begun. Sunday was the club’s last game before Monday’s 3 pm ET trade deadline.

The Flyers (20-31-11) are selling and have more moves to come.

Kevin Hayes scored both goals for the Flyers. Travis Konecny ​​and Joel Farabee recorded assists on both markers.

The Flyers avoided a sweep by New York in the four-game regular-season series, going 1-2-1 against the Islanders (26-25-9).

• After 15 years, Giroux’s storied run in Philadelphia came to an end Saturday night when the 34-year-old was traded to the Panthers.

“Even just talking to him after his last game here and texting him a little bit, just thanking him for everything he’s done for me,” Farabee said postgame Sunday. “A guy I’ve always been able to look up to or talk to when I’m feeling down. I wish him the best, I hope Florida makes a really deep Cup run this year because he absolutely deserves it.”

Giroux entered this season in the final year of his eight-year, $66.2 million contract, which had a no-movement clause.

He held the keys here, rightfully so, and the destination ended up being Florida.

“We signed Claude eight years ago to a lengthy, superstar type of contract, which he earned,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said Sunday. “As part of that contract, he had a no-move clause and he earned that right to have a big say in where he would go, I think is the best way to put it.

“I did have a very limited market in terms of the teams I could speak with. I spoke with several teams, but not all of those teams I would have been able to complete a deal with. There was a lot of interest in Claude, but it was a very limited market, ultimately, that I could deal him to.”

Fletcher and the Flyers respected Giroux’s position.

“I don’t begrudge him anything,” Fletcher said. “He earned that right, I respect it completely. We knew the hand we were dealt. We grinded away and did the best we could.

“There was never, ever any animosity, nothing was acrimonious. Everything was done professionally, as it should be. We just worked with him, and within the limitations that we had, we made the deal we did.”

• Owen Tippett, the player the Flyers received within the deal for Giroux, made his Philadelphia debut.

“I think I found out around 6 pm last night. A couple hours later, I was on a flight on my way here,” Tippett said. “Ready to play, right into it.”

The 23-year-old winger was on a line with Morgan Frost and Oskar Lindblom. The power forward finished scoreless with two shots in 14:38 minutes.

“When we played against him earlier, I noticed a, I’ll use the terminology ‘weight,’ to his game in the sense that he’s strong on the puck, competitive with the puck,” Flyers interim head coach Mike Yeo said pregame. “The kind of guy that can protect it and hang on to it and force you to be real strong in your checking game.

“He’s a shooter, he wants to shoot it and he has a great shot.”


Kevin Hayes, Flyers win over Islanders in last game before trade deadline

• Gerry Mayhew, who the Flyers placed on waivers Saturday, was claimed by the Ducks.

The 29-year-old winger wrote a nice story in Philadelphia. He entered the year with two goals in 17 career NHL games. After signing a one-year, $800,000 deal last summer, Mayhew ended up playing 25 games for the Flyers and netted six goals.

With his expiring contract and the Flyers in transition mode, he did not appear to be in the club’s future plans.

He’ll now head to Anaheim for his next opportunity.

• For asset management purposes, the Flyers held Justin Braun out of the lineup Sunday.

The veteran defenseman will very likely be moved at the deadline.

“There’s been a lot of teams calling on Justin and we’ll see what that means over the next day, whether we move him or not,” Fletcher said before the game. “He plays really hard, he’s a guy that blocks shots, takes hits, so I just thought he would be careful to at least resolve this over the next 24 hours and just hold him out for today.”

• With his two-goal game, Hayes has seven points (four goals, three assists) through eight games since returning from an infection in his groin area.

For the Flyers, a quiet silver lining to the rest of this season is Hayes looking more and more like himself.

“He played through a lot of pain and injury earlier in the year,” Yeo said March 4. “I’m hoping that we can get a fully healthy Kevin Hayes back because that would do an awful lot for us.”

• Carter Hart converted 26 saves for the win.

The 23-year-old could have a new backup after Monday. With his experience and expiring deal, Martin Jones is one of the Flyers’ trade chips at the deadline.

New York netminder Ilya Sorokin went 2-1-0 with 75 saves on 81 shots against the Flyers this season. The 26-year-old made 35 of those saves Sunday.

• After Monday’s deadline, the Flyers open a five-game road trip Tuesday when they visit the Red Wings (7:30 pm ET/NBCSP).

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