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Giroux Can Do Everything

from Rob Parent of the Daily Times, “

My belief is that he can be the best player on the ice every night,” Laviolette said of Giroux, who is tied with Briere for the team lead in goals with 12, and has 11 assists to go along with it. “He proves on a nightly basis that he can bring a little bit of everything. He’s physical, too. He can hit, he can make plays, he can score big goals, he can play in all situations. Like (Richards), he can kill (penalties), he can kill on a 5-on-3 situation, and on a 5-on-3 (power play) he could play forward.

“There are a lot of things; he can take a big faceoff, he can check the other team’s big players. Without question he can play all (forward) positions … he can even play on a point on the power play.”

Oh, did he say that?

What Giroux can’t do is walk on water, but then, as long as it’s cold enough, he can glide over it with the best of them. What he also has learned to do is highlight his skills with an appropriate measure of smarts.

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Primis's avatar

*sigh*

Look, Giroux is a good player.  But Philly people have this history of grossly-overselling their own players.

They do it with Richards, who is a good player but is not the superstar they make him out to be.

They did it with Carter, who is mercurial enough he can’t keep himself out of trade rumors.

They did it back with Lindros, and we see how that turned out for them.

It looks to me like they’re once again setting themselves up for failure on some level.  Giroux, Giroux, Giroux… nice player, good player, but he’s not leading this Philly team anywhere, and their Finals appearance will be proven this year to be an accident and not indicative of anything more.

Posted by Primis on 11/30/10 at 12:14 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

So you are saying it is the fans in Philly that caused Lindros to get concussions?  I wasn’t a big Eric fan, but he was a monster on the ice and if you look at his PPG average that proves true.  If he stayed healthy he would have been recognized as a better player than he already is.

Richards IS a superstar, one of the best leaders in the game - I think you under-appreciate him.

Giroux is as good as this article states, got a chance to watch him in Junior and he is just now starting to play like he did back then (not as dominate obviously).

Carter is a natural goal scorer, everyone knows that (he’s like a Heatley in SJ), and he is trade rumors because people WANT him not because the Flyers want to move him!

Sounds to me like you just don’t like the Flyers in general…  but you gotta respect talent even if you don’t like the players themselves, or their fans wink

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 11/30/10 at 12:51 PM ET

Flashtastick56's avatar

Giroux is pretty slick.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 11/30/10 at 01:02 PM ET

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Well, it’s about time I got the recognition that I so deserve. But they got my first name wrong…

Posted by Shane on 11/30/10 at 01:43 PM ET

Primis's avatar

So you are saying it is the fans in Philly that caused Lindros to get concussions?  I wasn’t a big Eric fan, but he was a monster on the ice and if you look at his PPG average that proves true.  If he stayed healthy he would have been recognized as a better player than he already is.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 11/30/10 at 09:51 AM ET

While Lindros was such a “stud’ in Philly, the Avs were winning Stanley Cups with what the Flyers traded away for him.  ‘nuff said.  He got close, but never could get over the hump.  He needed to actually win something.

He was one the line with the greatets nickname ever though.  So he’s got that goin’ for him…

Richards IS a superstar, one of the best leaders in the game - I think you under-appreciate him.

No, he is not.  He is a star on his team, and a very good player.  He is not, and probably never will be, a superstar, because that’s reserved for the truly elite jaw-droppers.

Zetterberg is not a superstar.  Datsyuk flirts with it, but probably never will be (and by the way is better in every facet than Richards thus far).  Kane probably never will be, Toews is flirting with it.  Malkin flirts with it from time to time but being on the same team as Crosby, probably never can or will be.  Iginla once was, but clearly is not any more.

Right now there are literally a handful of superstars.  Crosby, Ovechkin, Stamkos (newly-minted it appears) and a now-sketchy case for Kovalchuk now that he’s bombing in NJ.  That’s it.  Those are “superstars”.  There is no superstar goalie right now, nor am I sure if there’s a superstar d-man although Chara and Lidstrom would be the two closest.


As I said, I like Giroux (which is why I put him on my fantasy teams 2 years in a row).  But when you’re not even sure if he’s the best player on his own team (maybe he will be, maybe he won’t) you can’t just throw around the word “superstar” just because Philly fans want him to be.

Those same Philly fans think Dan Carcillo, Scott Hartnell, and Kimo Timonen are “superstars” too, so… yeah.  That should say about all you need to know.

It’s a reality check.

Posted by Primis on 11/30/10 at 04:20 PM ET

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