The Philadelphia Flyers along with the rest of the NHL got a bit of a scare when news broke that Flyers’ forward Claude Giroux was returning from Germany and heading to Atlanta to get his neck injury checked out. At first, Flyers’ fans everywhere began to pray that their superstar would be okay. Then, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly tweeted to tell fans that Giroux texted him, “I’m fine, I’m just making sure that I am 100 percent.” This news created sighs of relief throughout the Philadelphia area.
Giroux was injured from a high hit during a game against Krefeld last Friday night. Giroux did not play and sat for the remainder of the game due to the injury. He also sat out during Sunday’s game. This is where the decision to get the injury checked out was made.
Giroux missed four games last season due to a concussion in the early months of the season. He has been playing in Germany along with his teammate Daniel Briere. Both players have been playing at an unbelievable level. Giroux and Briere each have recorded 19 points so far in ten games (Giroux has played in nine due to sitting out the last game). Last season Giroux recorded a career high 93 points and was without a doubt the Flyers’ best player.
Though Giroux’s injury does not look to be that severe, there is always a worry that he could just be saying it in order to calm fans down. The bigger news regarding Giroux’s injury should be coming soon. If he is going to be treated for a concussion, then higher precautions will need to be taken given that it would be the second concussion in a matter of a year. If the concussion does take a long amount of time to recover from, then Giroux could have plenty of time to recover due to the NHL lockout.
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