Claude Giroux has officially shot the puck for the first time since his surgery on August 15th. The off-season has been anything but restful for Giroux. On August 15th while at a golf outing his club broke and splintered into his finger. Flyers General Manger was quotes saying.
“Giroux was golfing today when his golf club shattered and splintered into his index finger. Although there were no broken bones, there was some damage to his extensor tendons in his finger. He is expected to have a full recovery in five to six weeks.”
It has clearly been less then the original estimated six weeks, and Giroux was looking no worse for wear at training camp today. I was lucky enough to be present at training camp today. Giroux briefly spoke to the press at training camp and had this to say about his injury.
“When I got on the ice I started to stickhandle and it was feeling really good, know I can’t be rushing it, [but] I really wasn’t shooting hard. I was just trying to see what I can do.”
Claude Giroux has led the Flyers in scoring the last three season, so it was not only exciting to see him back on the ice, and shooting but you could see the other member of the Flyers start to get excited as well.
Besides Giroux injury we still have a few other players we need to worry about Flyers fans. Marc-Andre Bourdon has still not fully recovered from his concussion. In fact it was announced yesterday that his return to full team practices has been delayed. The delay however has been requested by Bourdon himself. General manager Paul Holmgren has also been quoted saying “Bourdon is “still not ready to take part in practice” and remains “day-to-day.”
Bourdon is really struggling with trying to figure out when to start testing his body again. He has been skating for months, but it has always been alone. He has yet to participate in a full practice, and is only practicing by himself. If Bourdon can’t mentally get over this hurdle before the end of training camp he will be placed on the long term injury list. Which Flyers fan is sadly where Chris Pronger still is.
For those of you who forgot Chris Pronger was placed on the long-term injured list December 15 for the remainder of the 2011-2012 season. He is still currently struggling with the long-term effect of his brutal concussion. Pronger has had to this about trying to get back on the ice this season.
“Moving in a straight line slowly was OK, You start turning and spinning and things like that and you get lightheaded and dizzy and you start having some of those symptoms and you get brought back down to the real world, real quick.”
Besides those two major injuries the rest of the team looked alert, well rested, in shape, and ready to bring home the Stanley Cup this year. From the looks of things we are looking a much more physically capable team this year then we have seen in the past few years.