I don’t know the severity of his injury since the Flyers never like to disclose this information accurately or on time, but what I do know is, I personally think the Philadelphia Flyers may be rushing Claude Giroux into the lineup too soon.
With how star players are going down with concussions this season, you have to take extra precaution. You really have no other choice, do you? 17+ players out with concussions, and most of these players are very skilled players. Crosby, Pronger, Skinner, M. Richards just to name a few.
Take Sidney Crosby for example: He missed 10 months of action, came back, played about 3 weeks, and is back on IR with post concussion symptoms. I hate to say this, but I don’t expect Crosby back this season or the playoffs. And I really hate to say this, but his career may be in major jeopardy!
Look at what happened with Chris Pronger. Got hit in the face with the puck, missed some time, came back and is now on LTIR with concussion like symptoms. His season is over as well as the playoffs, and most likely his career!
Do I need to get into Marc Savard’s situation? I think you get my pucking point here!
I would just hate to see the Flyers rush Giroux back into the lineup, just to get worse and end up on LTIR. He is too good of a player for the Flyers and the NHL. The NHL always focuses around Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, well Giroux deserves much of the attention as well.
Now, If Giroux does play tonight, which I believe he is going to, and he plays excellent and stays healthy with NO post concussion like symptoms, then I will be a very happy man. But I have seen this type of scenario with a hockey player more often than not, and the player always ends up back on IR or worse, LTIR.
If Giroux does end up more injured, this will obviously be a major blow to the second placed Flyers and to the NHL.
If it were up to me, I would sit him out until after the holidays. The Flyers will play the New York Rangers after tonight’s match-up in Dallas. Do the Flyers really wan’t a hungry Rangers team gunning for their star player?
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