Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Giroux mystery unsolved, will at least miss Wednesday's game

Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux will not suit up for Wednesday's rivalry night contest against the New York Rangers due to a lower-body injury.

"I can't give a definitive timeline, but we don't expect it will be a long time," said Flyers GM Ron Hextall on a conference call with reporters. "He was examined last night [Monday] by our doctor and everything looked good at that time. Between last night and this morning he wasn't feeling the same way. Further testing he just felt like he needs a little time off to get better."

Multiple sources reported earlier in the day that Giroux apparently suffered the unspecified malady during a practice session, but confirmation of when the injury occurred had been elusive until Hextall spoke via conference call from Toronto, where he is meeting with his 29 fellow GMs.

The 26-year-old Quebec native is also likely to sit out Thursday's home contest against the Minnesota Wild as well. Giroux has collected five goals and 16 assists in 16 games this season. His absence breaks a modest iron-man streak of 197 games dating back to December 2011 when he was sidetracked by a concussion.

"He's been through the wringer now; his examinations are over," added Hextall. "You always examine at some point to give a guy the green-light to get back to playing or practicing, but as of right now we have the diagnosis."

According to the Daily News, "In between 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Giroux's lower-body' injury became serious enough that he needed to ask out of a long-planned meet-and-greet session with season-ticket holders at Wells Fargo Center." 

Early morning reports indicated that with Giroux on the sidelines, the Flyers' first line will be comprised of Jakub Voracek, R.J. Umberger and Brayden Schenn.

CSNPhilly.com reported later in the evening that Giroux was seen on crutches and a walking boot, which usually does not bode well for a short-term issue. To that end, the Phantoms revealed even later on Tuesday that forward Scott Laughton was recalled to Philadelphia and Blair Jones has been assigned to the AHL.




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