Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Flyers' Giroux Out Indefinitely With Concussion

Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux seemed to be having everything go right for him so far this season.  The 23-year-old forward was in the midst of a career season that has him currently leading the league in scoring with 39 points.  His season had Giroux getting recognized as one of the elite players in the league and now it appears to be on hold as the Philadelphia Flyers announced today that Giroux is out indefinitely with a concussion.

The announcement was made by the Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren this morning on the team’s website.
“Claude reported not feeling very good today,” said Holmgren. “Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion.”
The injury was sustained on Saturday when Giroux was accidentally kneed in the head by teammate Wayne Simmonds.  Initially reports had Giroux out for the two games this week and feeling better yesterday, but the situation has taken a turn for the worse.  With an indefinite timetable on his return and only three weeks until the Winter Classic it is likely that the NHL will be unable to showcase this budding star in their marquee regular season game. 

The focus on concussions in the NHL has been headlined by Sidney Crosby who is again out, but just looking at the Winter Classic you could have a game that sees Giroux, Chris Pronger, Marc Staal and Michael Sauer all miss because of concussion issues.