Fans of the Philadelphia Flyers are used to unfortunate, untimely injures, just look at Eric Lindros). Despite the familiarity, Flyers fans were still horrified to learn that captain Claude Giroux had injured his finger in a freak golf accident on Aug. 15. Despite the injury and necessary surgery, Giroux reiterated on Set. 4 that he’d be playing on Oct. 2, when the Flyers start their 2013-14 campaign with a home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The injury occurred when the shaft of Girouxs’ golf club shattered, slicing his right hand and damaging two tendons. In an interview with CSNPhilly, Giroux said he’d like to play in at least one preseason game, but he cannot guarantee he will. Preseason is scheduled to start Sept. 15.
Giroux was seen at practice skating and carrying a stick, although he has not been cleared to use a stick. He missed Team Canada’s Olympic Orientation Camp in August to continue to rehabilitate his hand, although the camp included no ice time or practice. On the same day that Giroux announced his recovery expectations, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren revealed that Andrej Meszaros, Nick Grossman and Braydon Coburn were cleared to play.
Despite Giroux’s promise to return for the season opener, it’s in his best interest to rest until he’s 100 percent healthy. There’s no sense in rushing his recovery for the start of the season when the Flyers have 82 games ahead of them. Despite this, Giroux appears adamant on playing Oct. 2, as one would expect from a Flyers captain.
Andrew Fitzgerald is a Philadelphia Flyers writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @awfitz. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.