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Claude Giroux pushes hard for a swift return

Dec 19, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

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Once the Philadelphia Flyers admitted that Claude Giroux‘s unlucky accident with Wayne Simmonds resulted in a concussion, there were serious concerns that he’d be out for a long time. If you believe his most optimistic claims, Giroux might come back soon enough to maintain his spot* atop the NHL’s points scoring list.

That being said, Flyers fans are likely relieved that he told CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio that he won’t try to come back too soon, either.

“I go day-by-day … If it’s the Rangers or even Christmas, I don’t see why to push it. It’s December,” Giroux said. “I’m aware of what could happen if I come back too fast. My reaction could be slower. The coaching staff and [trainer] Jim [McCrossin] are making sure I don’t rush into it.”

The Flyers have an unfortunate recent history of bright futures cut short by hasty returns from concussion issues, most famously in the case of Eric Lindros. Fans of the game want to see Giroux back as soon as possible, but Philly would be wise to take the long view with their 23-year-old star.

* – Giroux is tied with Phil Kessel for the league lead with 39 points despite playing in five fewer games.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 19, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Don’t rush it.

  2. andyreidisfat - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    28 is the most complete player in the NHL and IMO the early front runner for the hart trophy.

    As evident by the Boston game the flyers will need this guy against the good teams later in the year. At the same time though I like that we get to see the younger kids getting big time mins. I would like to see schen get acouple games in as a top line guy when he comes back or coutierier ( though he is injured as well)

    All in all I would rather have the injuries now than come playoff time. Also mark my words now pronger will play in the playoffs, you heard it here first

  3. govtminion - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Take your time, Claude. If you don’t want to take some random fan’s word for how bad this could go if you don’t, that’s cool- I’m sure someone you know has Marc Savard’s phone number if you want to ask him how bad it could go.

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