Giroux (hand) takes step forward Day 1 of camp
September 12, 2013, 6:00 pm
Flyers captain Claude Giroux severed two tendons in his right hand on Aug. 15 playing golf. (USA Today Images)
Claude Giroux took another step forward Thursday, doing some puck movement drills with a stick on his own, away from the others in his group.
He flipped some passes to players, as well. No shots. And there won’t be any this week.
It was clearly a positive step for the Flyers’ captain, who is rehabbing two severed tendons in his right hand.
“When things first happened and you hear a date when he might be back on the ice, you are not sure what he can do,” coach Peter Laviolette said.
“To get him out there, he’s the captain of this team. He’s such an important part. There’s so many pieces of what we do on the ice. To see him out there, he looked great. His skating was good. He moved the puck fine.
“We just want to make sure he doesn’t overdo it, which he didn’t. He did what he said he could do.”
Forming an identity
Laviolette was pleased with the on-ice educational process his players were going through as Flyers training camp opened Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.
“I thought it was good in the sense we put some things on the table we wanted to get out there,” he said.
“We moved around the first 35 minutes or so and got the players moving. The second half each day is designed to implement what we’re looking for in our team. We’ve got games coming up here.”
Tye McGinn said for those players who were here last year, even briefly, it seemed easier picking up systems off video. That makes it a bit easier for the coaching staff, as well.
“When we get into those exhibitions, we need to get on the same page or try to be on the same page,” Laviolette said. “By tabling all this stuff the first three days you can fix things, work on things and look at video tape as opposed to hoping things work out.”
He said his aim for the first three days of camp is to get players’ legs moving, and establish things on the ice and video that they will use in the upcoming exhibition games.
“We’ll get through these games and there will be different pieces we are looking at,” he said. “This is good for the organization to see young players. Our guys are getting what they need in different groups.”
Laviolette’s goal is to formulate team identity, lines and special team units by the time the club leaves for the Lake Placid portion of camp next weekend.