As Claude Giroux worked his way back from a concussion he suffered in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the similarities to Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby had many fans imagining the worst case scenario in terms of player health.
Crosby missed more than 10 months before returning from concussion problems, and only managed to play eight games before suffering a setback and returning to the “out indefinitely” category.
After Giroux’s diagnosis, a mere eight days passed before the budding superstar returned to the action. The move paid off, as Giroux chalked up four points in his return, never relinquishing the NHL lead in scoring.
Despite the successful return, it is difficult to consider Giroux “out of the woods” just yet, especially when comparing his condition to Crosby’s. Crosby spent 10 months getting better and still managed to exacerbate the situation only eight games into his return; Giroux was out less than two weeks before being cleared to play again and has only played two games since his return.
That is not to say that Giroux should be watching games from the press box for a few months, but the team certainly doesn’t want to do anything risky that would put the future of their superstar center in danger.
Here are six reasons to treat Giroux’s return from injury very seriously.