The Philadelphia Flyers and its fan base got a good sign this morning when Ken Warren tweeted that Flyers forward and superstar Claude Giroux was on the ice this morning in Carleton skating for the first time since suffering his recent neck injury.
Giroux has spent the NHL lockout playing in Germany alongside teammate Daniel Briere for Eisbären Berlin. Giroux was injured early into his most recent game with Eisbären Berlin. Throughout his first nine games with them, Giroux had recorded 19 total points. That news was a good sign for Flyers fans everywhere, especially since they witnessed Giroux’s coming-out party during the 2012 post season.
Last season, Giroux recorded a total of 93 points (65 assists and 28 goals) in 77 games. His play was noticed not only by the team’s fans in Philadelphia but also nationally. Players all over the league started to praise Giroux’s game, how much he has improved and how much potential he still has.
One of the biggest supporters of Giroux was Jaromir Jagr, who signed a deal with the Dallas Stars this past off season. Jagr compared Giroux’s play to that of Hall of Famer and former teammate with the Pittsburgh Penguins Mario Lemieux.
Giroux, according to Warren, said that he has been making progress in his recovery from the injury but there is still no timetable for when he will be 100 percent. Luckily for the Flyers, the lockout is still going on. If the season is to start soon, then Giroux could be sidelined for a couple of weeks and miss a handful of games in 2012-2013.
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