With several players already having left to find other means of playing during this NHL lockout, with the bigger names heading to Russia, it looks like the Philadelphia Flyers may be getting closer to watching their biggest name head overseas during this lockout: Claude Giroux.
Reports out of Philadelphia are that Giroux is now “bored” with the lockout, and could be looking for a place to play as long as the two sides remain at an impasse. He’s been working out with teammates and others in informal skates, as several players throughout the league have been doing.
From Sam Cardichi at Philly.com:
“I’m getting a little bored here just working out,” Giroux, 24, told the Ottawa Sun. “I kind of want to play games, get that rush of playing in hockey games. I want to make sure I’m in good shape, so I think it’s a good option for me to go and play somewhere,” he said. “I’m talking to my agent to see where I could go. I want to play some good, quality hockey.”
You can easily understand Giroux’s frustration that’s leading him to potentially head overseas. The informal stuff with friends and teammates can only get you so far. Eventually, you’re going to want to see real game action, as Giroux has already said.
When he does eventually make the jump to Europe, there’s no indication as to where Giroux could end up. My prediction for much of the time has been KalPa over in Finland, which two of his teammates (Scott Hartnell & Kimmo Timonen) are part owners of, but that’s in no way more than my own speculation.
At least there is positive news on the horizon, with the NHL and the players association set to meet in New York on Friday.