Claude Giroux led the Flyers in scoring last season, recording 48 points in the same amount of games. (USA Today Images)
He will be there in mind, body and soul.
Yet, how much actual work Claude Giroux does on the ice remains to be seen.
The Flyers’ captain remains weeks away from playing competitively as he recovers from August surgery that repaired two slashed tendons in his right hand.
But Giroux can participate in some drills when Flyers training camp opens Thursday morning at Wells Fargo Center.
He won’t be shooting pucks, though.
“I'm going day by day,” Giroux said Wednesday. “Today, I feel better. It's just how I'm going to feel. I think I can start touching pucks in a week, maybe.
“We want to wait till it heals and I get my full motion on it. When I do, that's when I can get out and start stickhandling.”
Giroux was injured on Aug. 15 in Ottawa when his golf club shattered on a wedge shot and severely cut the top of his right hand. He was practicing for an Ottawa Sun golfing event later that same day.
Giroux underwent immediate surgery that afternoon and has been rehabbing nicely since, the club said.
Last year there was no full training camp for Giroux as a first-year captain because of the lockout. Peter Laviolette’s club began that season with injuries. It got worse as the team got off to a horrid 2-6 start.
The Flyers never recovered and as a result missed the playoffs. Giroux said he had lots of time -- more than four months -- to think about how wrong things went over the summer.
“Everybody learned from last year,” Giroux said. “It was a weird season with the schedule and all that stuff. But it was that way for every team.
“So learning from what happened from last year, we're coming in with a different mindset. You can just feel it walking into the room, that everybody's excited and motivated. I'm pretty excited.”
Giroux is expected in the lineup for opening night -- Oct. 2 against Toronto.
Training camp started Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and runs through Saturday. Camp is free and open to the public.