Claude Giroux took his first shots Friday at Flyers training camp. (AP)
If there were any doubts as to whether Claude Giroux was pushing his rehab to the limit to get back into the Flyers' picture, it was settled Friday morning at Wells Fargo Center.
Giroux, who said recently he would likely not shoot pucks until the second week of training camp, was doing just that today.
“It felt good,” he said of the wristers. “Every day it is feeling better. I’m doing a lot of treatments by myself at night. Just trying to get to 100 percent as quick as possible.”
Giroux is recovering from surgery to repair two severed tendons in his right hand.
"It wasn’t planned to shoot," he said. "It was spontaneous.
“When I got on the ice, I was stickhandling and it felt really good,” he said. “I’m just going step by step here. Obviously, I know I can’t be rushing it.
“I wasn’t shooting the puck really hard. Just seeing what I can do. I probably should have waited until next week, but I was feeling really good.”
He said the training staff has advised him not to rush things. Coach Peter Laviolette said he spoke to Giroux prior to the practice.
"We don't want him shooting too much, just getting out there moving," Laviolette said. "He came out for two practices. Just keeping him on the ice, [and] when he is on the ice, it's a good thing for our club.
"We had conversations in there [about his rehab]. It has to be monitored with what he does and he has to keep it in check. I think he did a good job of doing that today."
Giroux was to skate a second time later Friday afternoon and but said he would not be taking shots.
Incidentally, he is sporting a full beard. Something new?
“Right now, it’s just a lazy beard,” he said.
Bourdon to the LTIR
Flyers chairman Ed Snider said Friday afternoon that defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon (post-concussion syndrome) will start the year on the long-term injured reserve along with Chris Pronger.
Bourdon (post-concussion syndrome) did not skate and sources say he may not skate at all in training camp.
General manager Paul Holmgren said earlier Friday the defenseman is day to day. It's entirely possible that Bourdon is experiencing the same anxiety that Andrej Meszaros experienced last season about being on the ice and potentially getting injured again.
• Forward Doug Clarkson and Chris VandeVelde were both signed to minor league deals with the Phantoms.
• Defenseman Mark Alt skated for the first time in camp. He had been dealing with concussion symptoms from a hit last week in the rookie game.
• Laviolette said he will attend the exhibition games in Ontario on Sunday and Monday. Some coaches will remain behind for the Monday game here at Wells Fargo Center against Washington while the other Flyers' group plays in Toronto. Both games in Ontario are against the Leafs. A decision on which coaches stay behind will be made on Saturday.