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Top NHL scorer, Claude Giroux out with concussion

Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 1:07 pm

By Brian Stubits

Already without their captain Chris Pronger because of a concussion, the Flyers are going to sans not only their top scorer, but the NHL's leader in points, Claude Giroux, indefinitely with a concussion.

Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren made the announcement on Tuesday.

"Claude reported not feeling very good today," Holmgren said in a statement. "Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion.

This was the fear after the Flyers' win over the Lightning this weekend. It was in that game that Giroux was hit in the back of his head by teammate Wayne Simmonds' knee in a flukey accident. Simmonds did his best to avoid Giroux, who fell to the ice on a checking attempt, but his knee smacked Giroux square in the back of the head when he tried to leap his teammate.

The Flyers have been able to hang tough through all of the injury issues they've been dealt, but this one will test them like no other. Giroux is atop everybody's list of early season Hart candidates, posting 39 points in just 29 games for Philadelphia this season, helping the Flyers to the top of the Eastern Conference. The next closest player in the scoring department for the Flyers is Scott Hartnell with 26 points.

"When he goes out we look for the veteran players like Danny [Briere] to step in," coach Peter Laviolette said, "and we also look at the young players like Matt Read or Sean Couturier to pick up the slack."

"Obviously he's a guy you can't replace," James van Riemsdyk added. "It's going to take a lot of people to step it up and fill the role that he plays. He does everything for us: penalty kill, power play, scores big goals, makes big hits, blocks shots, does it all. So we're going to have to kind of step up our game here. Just let him rest and not have to rush him back."

So that means in the past two days Pennsylvania's two best players (Sidney Crosby the other) announced they are out indefinitely, Crosby for more concussion-like symptoms.

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Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:17 pm

Top NHL scorer, Claude Giroux out with concussion

Funny how there are no Pens fans on here bashing Giroux like some Flyers fans bash Crosby.  Level of class different...

Hey lucky,

I actually went to the Pens boards (which I never do like some of you and your fellow trolls) and posted a sincere "get well Crosby" message. That was last year. And throughout this year, I have told other Flyer fans to knock off the "I'm glad Crosby is hurt" routine. So don't give me this holier than thou BS about the Flyer fans being classless.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:47 pm

Top NHL scorer, Claude Giroux out with concussion

Giroux will be back within 2 weeks. With all of the media pressure and coverage on concussions, the Flyers had NO choice but to hold him out and say he had a concussion just to be safe.

You can't compare Giroux injury and Crosby form last year for a couple reasons: (1) Crosby was bumped in 2 straight games so he had multiple collisions causing his symptoms. (2) Giroux had an isolated incident and was shut down immediately. (3) Giroux has been able to skate each day after his injury whereas Crosby took 4-5 months to do so.

And to all Pitt fans crying out "How does it feel" get a clue. The Flyers have seen league MVP Lindros career end early for concussions. The Flyers have seen Captain and leader Primeau career end due to concussions. The Flyers have seen Gagne career slowed due to concussions. Flyers fans have seen this way too often and know exactly how it feels.

And the crying of Crosby and the Penguins continues even now. Crsoby pasively agressively points a finger at Krecji for inadventant contact causing his latest setback. Yet, when Malkin goes out of his way to throw an elbow, forearm, punch to the back of Giroux's head last week, nobody from the Pitt organization speaks out about it. All you hear are bandwagon Pitt fans saying "he missed so whats the point".  Crosby and Lemieux cry about having zero tolerance on head shots and how he is going to quit the league yet when his own star player has the intent of injuring and targets an opponents head, they keep quiet. Disgraceful


Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:20 am

Top NHL scorer, Claude Giroux out with concussion

The Pens fans who are saying "how does it feel!?" get a clue dip$hits. We've been through this with Lindros before, we know how it feels. That's right you guys probably don't remember because you were probably in the majority of fans in Pittsburgh who didn't care about hockey after Mario retired. Get over yourselves.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:47 am

Top NHL scorer, Claude Giroux out with concussion

I know many classy Flyers fans on these boards who wish Crosby nothing but the best, me being one of them, and I know many Penguin fans who wish Giroux the same.  Hockey is far better when the best players are on the ice, not on IR. 

It's unfortunate that all fans get lumped in with a bunch of a-holes.

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:39 am

Top NHL scorer, Claude Giroux out with concussion

I'm so with you, if you can't write then at least keep it simple. There's nothing more pathetic than the pretentious grammar fail. The decline is tragic but rather than dispair I just try to laugh. Sports writers are some of the biggest offenders, another fun one to look out for in a similar vein to this one, and yes I've seen this more than once, is the astounding "in lieu of" fail. They use it as if "lieu" was French for "light". Come on people.

Anyway as you suggest, it would work sans "to" but better I think, and probably what the writer groped was groping for, would be "going to BE sans..."

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:25 am

Top NHL scorer, Claude Giroux out with concussion

Come to Pittsburgh sometime and see what the Stanley Cup looks like, you probably weren't born the last time Philly won it. Give Giroux time, it's way too early to pronounce him as a class act. He hasn't won anything but your praise so far, not even a scoring championship. And I find it very hypocritical that a Flyer fan has the audacity to spew that he/she thought it was only a matter of time before Penguin fans started running their mouths. You got "brass" ones pal! You definitely sound like one of Filthy's finest in your insecurity of sports knowledge adding your little BTW on the QB's. What's wrong in your little corner of the sports world, couldn't (buy) a World Series Championship, The Dream team was a complete bust and all that you have left to hang your hat on is a Flyer team that was infused with Penguin leftovers(Talbot & Jagr) and an overpaid goalie who will never see the end of that contract. Ya, I know:Pirates suck, I get it-have been for 20 years.
Yikes! Someone has their panties in a bunch.

Where to start?? 

1) Cup was handed to you stop drinking the kool aid.

2) Has giroux done anything NOT to be a class act? No so he is in all of our Flyers hearts till he proves otherwise.

3) Pens and Flyers fans always run their mouthes get off your high horse there Mother Teresa.

4) Filthy's finest! Theres a new one have not heard someone from shitsburgh...I mean Pittsburgh use that one before.

5) I dont talk Football and Baseball on a hockey board.

6) All we have left to hang our hat on is Jagr and Talbot? Correct me if I am wrong but the Penguins have more ex Flyers on their squad then the Flyers have ex Pens. Also pretty sure Jagr and Talbot are severely out performing all 3. (Park, Picard, Asham). So who really has the leftovers? I guess we should thank you for the leftovers who are a vital part of the team and have paid dividends...Its the NHL players swap teams all the time with the new CBA come back with something crediable.

7) Over paid goalie who is now 6-0 in his last 6 and has helped this Flyers team to a 14-3-2 record in the last 19 games...Oh yea thats been pretty much without our best D man all season. Lets take Orpik out and see how the precious little Flower does...

Try again...


Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:44 am

Top NHL scorer, Claude Giroux out with concussion

"Going to sans not only...?" If you're going to use a word to try and sound intelligent, please use it correctly. "Sans" means "without." Your statement would read "going to without not only..." You don't need the word "to." I don't like being the grammar police, but it really grinds my gears when people misuse words. It seems like the internet has made everyone lazy. Learn how to spell and write properly please! It's bad enough that people posting responses can't spell, but let's not compound the situation by having sports writers showing their ignorance too.

Ok, I am off my soap box. I feel better now Tongue out

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:15 pm

Top NHL scorer, Claude Giroux out with concussion

Idiot fans for every team in sports.  That won't ever change.  Best we can do is call out fans of our teams when we see them doing it. 
Wish Giroux all the best.  Blast to watch him on ice.  Hope he makes full recovery.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:49 pm

Top NHL scorer, Claude Giroux out with concussion

Not a flyer fan at all, but Claude Giroux is one of the best young players in the NHL.  Hopefully, his stay on IR won't be as long as Crosby's stay.

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:19 pm

Top NHL scorer, Claude Giroux out with concussion

Eat what crow you moron.  No one that I have talked to made fun of Crosby.  NHL needs Crosby out there playing.

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