Laviolette calling him the "best player in the world" or whatever a season or two ago was a colossal mistake. I think he's going through a Kovalchuk-ian slump right now, where he's clearly squeezing the stick and thinking wayy too much out there. Remember how bad Kovy was under MacLean right after signing the huge contract? I think Giroux's going through the same thing right now. He'll bounce back like Kovy did. Giroux also fvcked up his finger/wrist/whatever in the offseason, that's probably causing him some issues right now as well.
If he could be acquired now while his value is on the low...I mean, it'd never happen, you never see the Devils and Flyers trading. But it'd be something else.
This sum up Giroux perfectly...