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from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Other than the coaching position, the captain usually follows as the next logical scapegoat on a hockey team that fails to meet expectations.
Few take into account that the more likely reason for missing the Stanley Cup playoffs is roster construction and the fact that certain players failed to meet standards set in previous seasons. The Flyers have quite a few of those passengers this season.
It didn’t help, either, that the Flyers traded away both of their alternate captains from last season - Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen. Berube admitted the Flyers missed Timonen’s “calming influence” in the locker room.
Even so, Giroux said he would not change anything the way this season has been handled from a captain’s perspective.
“We’re obviously not in the situation that we want to be in right now,” Giroux said. “We made a lot of mistakes that cost us that. It’s not one, two or three players - it’s everybody that comes together.
“I think we had times during the year that we played very good hockey, we played as a team, and our chemistry was really good. I don’t know how to explain (our troubles). When we have big games, we find a way to play at our best. I don’t know if we’re not ready or our motivation isn’t as good when we play against teams that are not as good. It’s obviously something we’ve got to look at.”
via CSN Philly,
The Flyers are in a tough spot, Giroux admitted, but they're a team filled with character, youth and drive.
But are they a "playoff hockey club?" asked Comcast SportsNet's Neil Hartman.
"There's no doubt that we're a playoff team," Giroux said. "We're going to prove it in the future."
"I don't think our record shows how good of a team we are. "If we start playing the way we can play, we're going to start winning."
-Claude Giroux, captain of the Philadelphia Flyers after a 7-4 loss to the New York Islanders today. More from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
from Randy Miller of NJ.com,
The Flyers won't be close to holding a playoff spot when they reach the halfway point to the season after playing the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
Bad first half, right?
"I think our progress is really good," captain Claude Giroux said. "We've been getting better."
Progressing good? Getting better?
The Flyers beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in a shootout last Tuesday, but they were 0-4-1 in five games before that and currently are nine points out of a playoff spot with a 15-18-7 record.
Maybe our record doesn't show, but I think the last month or so we've been playing some good hockey. We've playing the way we want to, but at the end you've got to find a way to win games and that's one thing we need to figure out."
Ah, figuring out how to win would be a good idea.
Claude Giroux knows the cut he suffered on the back of his leg could have been much worse.
Watch how the injury occurred below...
from Dave Hodge of TSN,
My thumb is up to the best one-two scoring punch in the NHL, those two dazzling forwards who play on a certain team in the state of Pennsylvania.
In the past, and maybe again in the future, I would be talking about Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. But, of course, you know that I am referring to the NHL’s leading scorer, Jakub Voracek and his Philadelphia Flyers teammate Claude Giroux. Watching them have their way against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night made you wonder why the Flyers aren’t higher in the standings.
Unless there’s a big turnaround coming that began in Toronto, the Flyers have to be described as a team with a bunch of holes and two of the league’s best players, either of whom could win the Hart Trophy if Philly could only find a way to fill the holes.
As you watched the Flyers and Leafs score six times in the game’s first 12 minutes, you probably thought this was the NHL’s version of Halley’s Comet. You just never see a scoring spree like that anymore, and so….my thumb is down to a lack of scoring in the NHL.
Anyone care to comment?
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
After general manager Ron Hextall declared Giroux to be "fine" on Monday, Giroux will likely miss at least the next two games with what the team is calling a "lower-body" injury. It will be Giroux's first game missed due to injury since Dec. 19, 2011 (concussion), breaking a streak of 197 straight games healthy.
Hextall said, via a conference call in Toronto, that Giroux suffered the injury in practice.
If so, Giroux's injury must have flared up long after he left the practice rink. The Flyers practiced at 10:30 a.m. on Monday and Giroux participated from start-to-finish. He handled his media responsibilities, light for the day, and left the locker room like normal. There was no apparent ill-effect from skating.
In between 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Giroux's "lower-body" injury became serious enough that he needed to ask out of a long-planned meet-and-greet session with season-ticket holders at Wells Fargo Center.
Everyone in Philadelphia is watching: Teammates, team chairman Ed Snider, fans, media and, most important of all, Hextall.
The GM really shouldn’t have to say a word. Just call the captain into his office, put a look of disappointment on his face and then show him the door.
If Giroux truly is cut out to be a captain, that should be enough.
-Wayne Fish of the Burlington County Times on how GM Ron Hextall should deal with the latest Claude Giroux incident. More from Fish on this topic...
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
“I regret my actions on Canada Day and sincerely apologize to my fans, teammates and the Philadelphia Flyers organization for my misguided attempt at humor.
Following an investigation, law enforcement determined that charges are not warranted. I have the utmost respect for law enforcement and apologize to the Ottawa Police Department and specifically the individual officer. I will be making no further public comment on this matter.
I will not be distracted from my ongoing preparation for the upcoming season. I remain 100% committed and focused on working with my team to return the Stanley Cup to Philadelphia.”
“We’ve been in contact with Claude and the Ottawa Police Service and have been informed that no charges will be filed. Moving forward, we will deal with this incident internally and we will no longer publicly discuss this matter.”
-- Flyers GM Ron Hextall
from Trevor Greenway of MetroNews,
“In relations to the arrest of Claude Giroux (NHL player), which was not confirmed to media, MRO received calls from ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Comcast Sports, CNN, CSN PhiladelphiaSportsnet, CBC, Sun and Radio Canada, TVA, 104.7fm, Ottawa Citizen, CFRA, Metro Ottawa, 1310 news,” the media log read, which was “mistakenly” sent out to all the major news organizations in the city Wednesday afternoon.
“Also in relations to this file, Cst Soucy reached out to the Philadelphia Flyers and spoke to director of communication Zach Hill and GM Ron Hextall, They were advised that we would keep the same media line ‘we cannot confirm or deny the subject of a police investigation unless charges are laid.’ In this case no charges will be laid. The Flyers were advised of the outcome.”
via the Ottawa Sun,
Philadelphia Flyers star Claude Giroux spent the night in an Ottawa Police cell after an incident involving a police officer, sources tell the Sun.
Although few details were immediately available, a source said Giroux was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer. Alcohol is believed to have been involved.
The incident occurred at a bar in the Byward Market the source said.
Ottawa Police have refused any comment on the incident. Police said they cannot comment unless charges are laid, but several sources did confirm to the Sun Giroux spent the night in jail.
Sources say he is expected to be released without any criminal charges.
The 26-year-old Giroux was reportedly seen inside a police cruiser in Ottawa sometime around 9 p.m. on July 1. A Twitter post by shaheed09 reads "Claude Giroux in the back of a cop car downtown ottawa". it was posted to Twitter Tuesday at 9:19 p.m.
Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider is most certainly an outspoken gentleman, and he had...Some things...to say about the Olympics after his team's 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, as noted by the AP's Dan Gelston:
''I hate them,'' said Snider, the Flyers founder.
He added: ''It's ridiculous, the whole thing is ridiculous. I don't care if it was in Philadelphia, I wouldn't want to break up the league. I think it's ridiculous to take three weeks off, or however long it is, in the middle of the season. It screws up everything. .. How can anybody be happy breaking up their season. No other league does it, why should we? There's no benefit to us whatsoever. If anything, I can only see negatives.''
Reminded the Flyers reached the Stanley Cup finals during the last Olympics in 2010, Snider laughed.
''Maybe I like them,'' he said. ''I forget about that.''
Falling away from the net, Giroux with the backhand goal from a tough angle.
via Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Captain Claude Giroux continued to struggle. He went without a goal for the 20th straight game over the last two seasons, and he was late on his defensive coverage in the final minute of regulation, enabling Jordan Staal to score the tying goal with 52.3 seconds left.
Giroux again claimed he was 100 percent healthy and that his preseason finger surgery was not affecting his play.
But it sure seems like it is.
Giroux won just 41 percent (12 of 29) of his faceoffs Tuesday.
from John Boruk of CSNPhilly,
Immediately after the Flyers disposed of their cross-state rival Penguins in six games in the first round of the 2012 playoffs, Giroux went from rising superstar to the king of the NHL mountain. His former coach, Peter Laviolette, rolled out one of those medieval catapults at his postgame press conference, and launched Giroux into a hockey stratosphere that has included The Great One and a select few who have been compared to Wayne Gretzky ever since.
“When the best player in the world comes up to you and tells you, ‘I don’t know who you plan on starting tonight, but I want that first shift.’ That says everything you need to know about Claude Giroux right there,” Laviolette said at the time.
As he stepped off the stage, Laviolette should have grabbed that pail of red paint used to touch up the goalposts, and applied a big, fat bulls-eye onto Giroux’s chest. “The best player in the world” line raised eyebrows and dropped jaws everywhere from Western Pennsylvania to the coastline of British Columbia. It may have come across as a compliment from a head coach to his most-gifted player, but Laviolette’s bold proclamation unloaded a monumental amount of pressure on the shoulders of the Flyers’ best player that simply wasn't needed.
“With that comment, Laviolette tried to move Giroux into the same zip code and neighborhood as Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin,” Flyers analyst Al Morganti said. “As it turns out, Giroux is having trouble paying the higher taxes in terms of attention and tighter checking.”
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Some media around North America have questioned the circumstance around his injury. Giroux said he doesn’t know why people were doubting he was injured on a golf course, the day he was supposed to appear in a tournament sponsored by the Ottawa Sun.
“I don’t know why [people think otherwise], but I’m not worried about it,” Giroux said. “Whether it’s bad or good in the papers, I don’t pay attention. People can think whatever they want. Right now, I just focus on my rehab.”
Giroux insists he will be ready for the regular season opener Oct. 2 here against Toronto and would like to get at least one exhibition game in, but there are no guarantees he will play in the preseason.
“I will be ready for the season, but I am not going to force it,” he said. “If I am healthy, I’m playing and I want to. I would like to get a game in to get the feel for a game first.”
He is still not allowed to use his hand for stick work, although he carried a stick all through his skating drills on Wednesday.
"...the people hear believe the Philadelphia Flyers were emphatic on him staying and that's the reason he is not here."
-Bob McKenzie of TSN on Claude Giroux not attending the Canadian Olympic Camp while he is rehabbing his injured hand
More information from the camp in this TSN video featuring, McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and James Duthie.
Career stats for Giroux at TSN.
added 1:46pm, Darren Dreger tweet,
Just ironing out a few wrinkles and it will be announced within a day or 2. Sources suggest closer to $8.3 per.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Giroux's agent, Pat Brisson, did not respond to phone calls, but he must have smiled when Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin signed an eight-year deal Thursday for $76 million. The deal starts in 2014-15 and carries an average cap hit of $9.5 million.
Giroux doesn't yet have Malkin's pedigree - the Penguins' star has an MVP award and has won two scoring titles - but he is considered one of the NHL's premier players.
If a new deal is consummated, it will undoubtedly make Giroux the Flyers' highest-paid player. Based on the market, he probably will average between $7 million and $8 million per season in a long-term deal.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Forget about the captaincy weighing him down. Giroux's slump is more tied to the fact he has lost his two big wingers from last year - Scott Hartnell and the ageless Jaromir Jagr.
Hartnell has played only three games because of a broken left foot. Jagr, who got tired of the Flyers' putting him on hold as they waited to see if they could sign Zach Parise, took the free-agent route to Dallas, where he is the Stars' top scorer with 11 points.
Minus his two linemates from a career-best season in which he finished third in the NHL with 93 points, Giroux has scuffled.
For many reasons.
For one, he has had more linemates than Die Hard has had sequels - and none have the size of Jagr, whose ability to win puck battles was uncanny, or Hartnell. For another, he has been frequently double-teamed and has a fraction of the open ice that was so common last season.
For a smooth skater with dazzling moves such as Giroux, open ice is paramount for creativity. Take it away and those eye-opening passes and clever maneuvers that trigger odd-man rushes become difficult.
Giroux has 3g, 10p and is -6 this season
from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,
Giroux, the Flyers star centre who grew up in Orleans and starred with the Gatineau Olympiques, was practicing with the Ravens and fellow locked out NHL players; the first time he has skated since suffering a neck/shoulder injury while playing for the Berlin Polar Bears three weeks ago.
“I’m doing better, but it’s a process and I need to understand that,” said Giroux, who finished third in NHL scoring behind Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos last season, scoring 28 goals and 65 assists in 77 games. “(Tuesday) was my first day back in the gym and today was just a little skate, some flow drills and stuff. It was good, and hopefully, it keeps getting better.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Star center Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers is leaving his club in the German league to seek medical attention for a neck injury, his agent Pat Brisson told ESPN.com Tuesday morning.
Giroux suffered the injury in a game last Friday with Berlin. Giroux also underwent concussion tests in Germany over the weekend.
In a text message, Giroux said he'll be "fine."
Brisson said Giroux will visit with Dr. Ted Carrick in Atlanta next week. Carrick is the same doctor who has worked with the likes of Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews.
"We want to make sure we get the right diagnosis with the neck injury. It's a precaution," Brisson said. "We believe it's a minor injury. He felt better yesterday, but we just don't want to take any chances."
Both CBC and Bob McKenzie reporting Claude Giroux has been suspended for one game.
I will have the official Shanahan video when available.
added 3:19pm, Here’s the video…
Giroux received 2 for illegal check to the head and Zubrus is back on the ice for the 3rd period.
added 9:56pm, Another version of the hit via HNIC is below…
via Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Another day, another Flyer bypassed in the voting for an NHL award.
Center Claude Giroux was the latest Flyer to be overlooked. He was not one of the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, given to the league’s MVP.
After pretending he didn’t know what the Hart Trophy represented, Giroux said. “At the end of the day that’s not the trophy I want.”
The finalists: Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and the Rangers Henrik Lundqvist.
The voting was conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Watch his top 10 moments as selected by TSN…
The only goal scored the whole night, Flyers beat the Leafs 1-0.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
If it’s me, I err on the side of caution and do not play Claude Giroux until after Christmas.
But it appears the gifted Flyers center will play Wednesday night in Dallas. Nothing official, but there were lots of hints yesterday that Giroux will center Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell on Wednesday night.
Giroux has missed the last four games since suffering a concussion of Dec. 10.
more plus other Flyers notes…
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
For the first time since he suffered a concussion on Dec. 10, star center Claude Giroux practiced with the Flyers on Sunday.
Giroux skated hard, but wore a yellow no-contact jersey at the Pepsi Center in Denver, where the Flyers will play on Monday night.
“He looked good,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “To get him back on the ice I think is a lift for everybody. He’s an extremely important part of our team, and to see him back on the ice, that’s a positive.”
continue for more on the Flyers…
via the Flyers website,
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren updates the status of Claude Giroux:
“Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion”
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Flyers center Claude Giroux, the NHL’s leading scorer, is making progress, but general manager Paul Holmgren did not give a timetable for his return to the lineup on Sunday.
Giroux, who suffered a head injury in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Tamps Bay, will be evaluated again on Monday morning.
In a statement, Holmgren said Giroux “felt better this morning.” The general manager did not return calls and did not answer texts asking if the diminutive center had suffered a concussion.
Holmgren said goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was doing better and should be able to play Tuesday in Washington. He was removed late in Saturday’s victory because of a lower-body injury.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Holmgren said Giroux was examined by a doctor and was feeling better. He said Giroux was held out of the third period for precautionary measures.
When asked if Giroux was experiencing any headaches, Holmgren replied, “not really headaches. This was really just precautionary at this stage.”
Not really headaches?
You can also watch below as Paul Holmgren updates the media on the injury front.
Check out this move against Evgeni Malkin.
added 12/9/11 at 5:36pm, A KK reader alerted me to a video of what happened between Giroux and Malkin before Malkin attempted the shot on Giroux.
You can watch it below…
Two overused hockey clichés, yes, but each applied to last night’s tilt between the Eastern Conference’s top two clubs, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It was, without a doubt, a playoff-type atmosphere at the St. Pete Times Forum, in a back-and-forth, physical affair that resulted in the virtual tie of a shootout victory for Philadelphia.
And the statement that was made in Philly’s 4-3 win is that both of these clubs are for real, each a legitimate contender when the postseason hits, and that a playoff series between the two would be intensity at its best.
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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.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
PHI signs Claude Giroux to three-year $11.25M contract.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Instead of fading into the background as so often happens to young players who have a spasm of success, Giroux has become the Flyers’ go-to guy when they need a big goal.
“He’s picked up where he’s left off. I just think he’s going to become better and better,” Laviolette said. “He’s become one of those guys who won’t really take a backseat to anyone now. He sees the ice as well as anyone on our team.”
Here’s an indication of how valuable Giroux is to a team that has all the tools to make another long playoff run next spring. When they are healthy, the Flyers are loaded with talented centers, yet Laviolette generally leaves Giroux at center and moves someone like Carter to the wing. That’s not to say Giroux cannot play the wing; he has, at times, moved up to play with Richards when Laviolette thinks the team needs a spark.
But Laviolette’s trust in Giroux to win a key faceoff and play smart defensive hockey to get things done at the most important of forward positions is a reflection of the young man’s growing maturity.
JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/01/10 - Plus Thoughts on Tampa’s Continued Hot Start and Stamkos Contract Talk
Perhaps you enjoyed a day of rest from NHL hockey yesterday. Or, more likely, you were angered, annoyed or even lost at some point last night, with not a shot on goal to be had anywhere. (Or maybe, even, you were like me: Incensed at an awful showing in your weekly football picks – and I mean awful – and left without the catharsis of switching to a different sport at day’s end, left only to the comfort of Dexter and his serial-killing ways… Whatever the case may be, we (or I, that is) have some catching up to do with JJ’s Three Cheers overdue from Friday and Saturday.
Now then, quickly, from Friday first:
***Cheers to Atlanta’s Dustin Byfuglien, whose transition back to defense has gone quite well in his new home. On Friday night, Byfuglien netted the O.T. winner in fantastic fashion for Atlanta, on an end-to-end rush reminiscent of legendary offensive defensemen of years gone by, to top Buffalo 4-3. (I’ll link it twice, actually, because you need to make sure you’ve seen this play.)
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