Despite Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren's assertion that his star was feeling better, Claude Giroux did not participate in Monday's practice and will not play Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals.
The Flyers decided that Giroux, who left Saturday's game against the Lightning after being hit in the head, will not make the trip with the team.
Holmgren has said that Giroux did not have any headaches and does not seem to be suffering from concussion-like symptoms. But the hit to Giroux's head immediately caused concerns of a concussion.
The Flyers have already been hit hard by the concussion bug, with Chris Pronger sidelined indefinitely by concussion-like symptoms. But the loss of Giroux hits Philadelphia even harder. The 23-year old leads the NHL with 39 points.
"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."
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