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Philadelphia Flyers Player of the Week: Claude Giroux

Claude Giroux is the player of the week

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The Philadelphia Flyers have a lot of issues right now; each game they play they are one step further from making the playoffs.

Since they only played two games in the past week — and keeping in mind their poor record — it was hard to determine a player of the week. Especially, when I factored in that they lost both of their games last week.

So I decided to give it to the Flyers captain Claude Giroux.

Giroux has been having a bit of an off season this year. Since being named captain, the superstar performance we saw last season has been missing. At only 10 goals so far, Giroux has not even been the goal leader for the Flyers.

Bearing all of this in mind, Giroux is the player of the week because no one else on the team contributed all that much last week.

In their 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 18, Max Talbot scored the first goal but Giroux got the second one unassisted. Then on Sunday, the Flyers lost again. This time, it was a 2-1 overtime decision against the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, Giroux was the only player on the Flyers’ roster that was able to get a goal past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

It’s for these reasons that I’m giving Giroux the title of player of the week.

They are not the most impressive numbers, but as Flyers fans we need to look for a silver lining somewhere. I would much rather have given the title of Player of the Week to a Flyer who had scored a game-winning goal.

Since that’s not happening, I’m bestowing this title upon our captain in hopes we can turn this ship around. Although, as a jaded Philadelphia sports fan, I know it might be too late in the season for that.

What do you guys think? Does Giroux deserve the title? Does anyone on this struggling team deserve it? Tell me what you think in the comments below.

Let’s go Flyers! Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for rantsports.com. You can follow her on Twitter @Dmvasso.