Philadelphia Flyers star forward Claude Giroux hasn’t had the best of luck with his hands and wrists over the past year. The two-time NHL All-Star and NHL ’13 cover boy suffered an injury according to CSNPhilly.com Tim Panaccio at a charity golf tournament Thursday when his golf club snapped off and impaled him. (Ouch.) The shattered club caused damage to the tendons in the finger. Social media was set abuzz after initial reports say it was Giroux’s wrist that got hurt, but the Flyers released a statement about what happened.
Below is a statement from Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren on Claude Giroux's injury. "Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux had successful surgery this afternoon on his right index finger performed by Dr. Katherine Boyd at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. Giroux was golfing today when his golf club shattered and splintered into his index finger. Although there were no broken bones, there was some damage to his extensor tendons in his finger. He is expected to have a full recovery in 5-6 weeks."
The initial speculation started when Giroux pulled out an Ottawa –area golf tournament that he was scheduled to play in tomorrow. Multiple sources say he will be out five to six weeks, which would have him ready for the October 2 season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Giroux had surgery on his wrists after the Flyers were eliminated from the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. (He accused Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby of repeatedly slashing his wrists with a stick during a series with the Pens.) Giroux still manage to lead the scoring race for two more weeks even though Philadelphia was eliminated a round before.
Giroux played the 2013 season hurt as he was injured playing overseas during the NHL lockout. He had an understandably down season as he only got 13 goals and 35 assists for a total of 48 points. He has 291 points (91 goals, 200 assists) in 333 career games spread over six seasons in Philadelphia. He did sign a big 8-year, $64 million contract in the offseason, which locks him up until the 2021-22 season. He’s also a hopeful to make Team Canada in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Giroux is a vital cog to the Flyers offense and is needed in the really tough Metropolitan Division. Philadelphia missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07 with some small part played by Giroux being slowed due to injuries.
Dan Mount is a columnist/reporter for TJRSports.com. He can be reached on Twitter @DanMountSports.