Claude Giroux had surgery on his right hand Aug. 15. (USA Today Images)
Claude Giroux’s damaged right index finger (two cut tendons) is healing nicely as the Flyers captain remains on schedule to return for the season opener Oct. 2 against Toronto.
That’s the update from general manager Paul Holmgren on the eve of rookie camp, which opens at Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., on Friday.
Giroux, who had surgery Aug. 15 after a golf club he was using shattered, was examined by a hand specialist on Wednesday.
Holmgren said Giroux would wear his splint for a few more day as a precaution. He is still not permitted to do any stick work with pucks, although he is skating with a stick in hand.
“He’s out skating and doing all off-ice workouts,” Holmgren said. “He can’t use his hand with a stick for anything. By Monday, he should start his rehab there and do that for a week or 10 days. I think he will able to take part in a lot of stuff.”
And in other injury-update news ...
Defenseman Andrej Meszaros (left shoulder/rotator cuff) still has to pass his physical. Holmgren said that everything he’s seen from Meszaros suggests that is a given.
Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon (post-concussion syndrome) is still not medically cleared, but Bourdon has been skating actively with only an occasional headache.
“He needs to play,” Holmgren said. “He looks fine. We’ll see how it goes. It’s encouraging how it’s gone for him because it is going the right direction. I anticipate him being fine, too.”
Flyers regulars skating here will move out of the Phantoms dressing room at Skate Zone during rookie camp and into the public locker rooms because of construction. The rookies will move into the Phantoms’ room. … The Flyers have added Greenville (S.C.) as their new ECHL affiliate.