Well, it looks like things have gone from bad to worse for Philly fans.
The Philadelphia Flyers have just announced moments ago that star forward and the NHL's leading scorer Claude Giroux does indeed have a concussion. He will not play tonight, and it looks like he won't be playing for a little while.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm beginning to get a bit sick of all this "secrecy" within the Flyers organization. Just yesterday, GM Paul Holmgren had reported that Giroux was feeling better but would sit out as a precautionary measure against Washington on Tuesday night. Today, Giroux was reportedly feeling worse, and after further examination, it was found that he does indeed have a concussion.
As a Philly fan, I'm not even sure what to make of this. The Flyers just can't seem to get a break. They've already been without the services of their All-Star defenseman, Chris Pronger, and now they'll have to figure out how to win games without their star forward, Giroux.
Now, I realize that it's wise not to divulge too much information when a player gets injured, especially a player like Giroux; but this is beginning to seem like a trend for Holmgren and company. Instead of just being honest and letting people know what is going on, he continuously lies and tries to cover it up. I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to grow tired of the nonsense.
Now, I'm not calling for Holmgren's head just yet (even though for the better part of his time in Philly I have been), but if you're a huge Flyers fan like myself, you have to be getting sick and tired of the constant lies that come out of this man's mouth. This is the same guy that said Jeff Carter would not be traded by any means, and then traded the guy days later. This is the guy who traded their captain. This is the guy who traded Gagne for a pick and Matt Walker, who they buried in the minors. Just to clear things up, I'm in no way blaming Holmgren for this disaster, but the fibs have got to stop.
Do you think Claude will be out for an extended period of time?
I'm not sure there really is anything good to take away from this story, and it pains me to even have to report it. Concussions are becoming a real problem in the NHL, and while many people continue to call for the NHL to do something about it, there really isn't much more they can do. Sure, they can make new rules that will limit head shots and what not, but in Giroux's case, it was simply an accident. You can't stop accidents.
Now NHL fans and Philly fans alike will have to watch on as Sidney Crosby and Giroux, two of hockey's most electrifying players, sit on the sidelines until further notice.
Another sad day for hockey, indeed.
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