About three weeks ago, Flyers captain, Claude Giroux, was injured in a freak golfing incident. He sliced two tendons that go up to his elbow and had emergency surgery at the hospital that day. His recovery time was uncertain but he said he will be ready to play in the Flyers’ season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 2.
Giroux has skated with the team the past couple days but has yet to do any stick work. He claims he can probably do more than he is right now but does not see any reason to push it. Holmgren says Giroux’s recovery is “on schedule” and he will hopefully play in at least one exhibition game before the season starts. Giroux himself is looking to get back in the rhythm before the season opener but it not going to force it if he is not healthy.
Many people have speculated over the validity of Giroux’s golf story. Some people think he smashed the club after hitting a bad shot while others doubt it happened on a golf course at all. But Giroux is actually a very talented golfer and is sticking with his story, even if it is bizarre. Apparently he was using a pitching wedge on a 145-yard shot and just hit the grass too far behind the ball, causing the club to break and slice open his hand.
Whatever the story is, I am happy to hear Giroux is on schedule to return to the Flyers line-up for the season. His leadership as captain and skills as a player are both needed for the Flyers’ success this year.