The Philadelphia Flyers might not have to play another game without their leading scorer Claude Giroux. Philadelphia's next game is on Dec. 21 against the Dallas Stars at 7:30 p.m. (TV: Versus) at American Airlines Center.
Giroux has missed four games with a concussion sustained during the Flyers' Dec. 10 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The forward returned to practice before the Flyers' game against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. Giroux was insistent that he would not rush his return to the ice.
Giroux practiced again today in Dallas. He also discussed his progress:
"I try not to think about [coming back], just go day by day, but obviously, today was pretty good," Giroux said. (via CSN Philly)
Asked how he'll know he's ready to return, Giroux paused then said, "I don't know," while Jagr shouted from behind, "Watch the game."
Giroux was reluctant to say one way or the other if he will be in the lineup against Dallas. However, some of his teammates are expecting him to play. Will Giroux actually play? Stay tuned and "watch the game", as Jaromir Jagr suggested.
The Philadelphia Flyers are currently beginning a five-game road trip with the first game coming against the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 19. Injured forward Claude Giroux is not expected to return to the lineup during the trip.
Giroux returned to practice today at the Pepsi Center to skate as part of a 90-minute workout (via CSN Philly). Giroux is still currently out indefinitely as he recovers from a concussion he sustained on Dec. 10 during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
After his session, Giroux discussed his progress
"It's progress and you want to test yourself a little bit more every day," Giroux said. "Obviously, in Colorado it's a little harder to get back in shape [thin air]. But it was a good test to see where I was. I felt good."
However, Giroux has no intention of coming back too fast
"I'm aware of what could happen if I come back too fast," he said. "My reaction could be slower. I'm aware of stuff. The coaching staff and [trainer] Jim [McCrossin] are making sure I don't rush into it."
Giroux leads the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers with 16 goals, 23 assists and 39 points this season.
One day after the Philadelphia Flyers expressed optimism that the injury keeping Claude Giroux off the ice was not a concussion, the team announced that its star will be sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.
"Claude reported not feeling very good today," general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion."
The team had released statements saying Giroux was feeling better each day, but the center met with doctors on Tuesday and the prognosis was not good.
The NHL's leading scorer, Giroux leads the Flyers in goals (16), assists (23) and points (39). Rookie Sean Couturier took Giroux's spot on the first line during practice on Monday and is expected to do so during Tuesday night's game against the Washington Capitals.
"Claude has been playing on a different stratosphere here for us, so obviously it hurts," Holmgren said. "This really is just precautionary at this stage . . . so we'll just err on the side of caution here."
Giroux, who tallied two assists in the victory and pushed his NHL-leading point total up to 39, didn't show any concussion like symptons after the game, which featured him being kneed in the head by teammate Wayne Simmonds. After the hit, Giroux did not return to the game, but did talk to reports afterwards and said he was fine.
Philadelphia goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who also left Saturday's contest with a lower body injury, is also feeling better and is expected to play Tuesday night.
"He kind of fell and he was right in front of me," Simmonds said. "I was on the backcheck and I wanted to get into the play and I tried to jump over him. I don’t know where I caught him."
Of course, the first thing anyone fears in this situation is a concussion, but Flyers GM Paul Holmgren says Giroux wasn’t experiencing symptoms.
"Not really a headache or anything like that," Holmgren said. "This is really just precautionary at this stage. We didn’t want to put him back in there at that time. It’s a game in December. Obviously he’s one of our better players, so we’ll err on the side of caution."
Giroux add two assists in the game to bring his NHL leading points total to 39. Illya Bryzgalov also left the game early with a lower body injury but later returned to the bench. After the game he told reporters that he would be ready to go Tuesday’s game in Washington. Paul Holmgren agreed.
"After the second period he wanted to continue and it stiffened up on him in the third," Holmgren said. "We don’t think it’s anything serious. It’s an off-day tomorrow (Sunday) for the players. I would assume he’ll be fine for the next game (Tuesday in Washington).