PST: Olympic snub = no injury risk for Giroux

PST: Olympic snub = no injury risk for Giroux

January 10, 2014, 10:00 am
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While Claude Giroux not being named to Team Canada may be best for the Flyers, another positive to take away is the added risk of injury.

"You know what the thing is, though," CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio said on Thursday's edition of Philly Sports Talk. "You get nervous when guys like Giroux have some freak injuries outside of the Philadelphia area for an extended period of time."

Giroux missed nearly all of preseason after undergoing surgery to repair injuries suffered golfing in the offseason. He sliced tendons in his right index finger and wrist.

The 25-year-old was ready at the start of the season, but didn't score his first goal until the 16th game.

Since, he's been on a tear, tallying 13 goals and 19 assists.

His snub surprised general manager Paul Holmgren and the much of the hockey world, but the Flyers had a situation before with a star player getting hurt in the Olympic games.

"I bring this up, people forget about this. This happened in 2006," Panaccio said. "[Peter] Forsberg went over to the Turin Olympics, and Ed Snider kind of lost it, because all of a sudden his foot became a big issue over there once again. The Flyers had no idea what was going on, kind of treating it as … it kind of messed them up."

And the Flyers cannot afford Giroux getting hurt in an international tournament.