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Maybe Claude Giroux shouldn’t push so hard to get back

Dec 20, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

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Claude Giroux is busy recovering from a concussion and while his progress is good right now, perhaps seeing him push things as hard as he is to get back on the ice isn’t the best course of action.

We’ve seen how carefully the Penguins handled Sidney Crosby and the Blues with David Perron. We’ve also seen how Marc Staal tried his best to play through his own concussion and wind up putting his season (and health) in jeopardy by doing so.

When you see Flyers GM Paul Holmgren say what he did to Ryan Bright of Philly Sports Daily, you wonder if Giroux might need to be more careful:

“Since the initial incident against Tampa, he has felt good at times, but there’s other times, in his words, ‘I just don’t feel right,’” said general manager Paul Holmgren on Friday. “So until he feels right for a whole day and we get to the next day and he feels good another day, it is what it is. He’s not gonna be back in there.”

It’s good that they won’t just throw him to the wolves in game action, but as we learned through others, sometimes the stress of pushing your body when skating and exerting that energy can be enough to re-aggravate concussion symptoms.

We’re not questioning the Flyers training staff here, they’re handling things well first-hand, as Sam Carchidi shares, and doing things how they see fit ‒ we’re worried that a player’s desire to get back to action might put their health and ability to have a longer career in harm’s way.

  1. rexadelphia8 - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Then put prongs on long term injury and get a good player even though a defenseman it will help. Come on man

  2. kingjoe1 - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Maybe people just to need to man up and stop whining about a headache. Dude was digging coal for 12 hours a day, they still make his ass get back in the ground and dig away. They do that for $25/hr. Crosby is a huge baby, along with Priimeau, Staal and both Lindros’s. Oh wait maybe they have restless leg syndrome too.

  3. cakrywyj - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Sounds like “dude” needs to go back to school and get a new job… Like professional hockey player.. Where they take injuries to the brain seriously and not like some fake macho douche..

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