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Flyers impressed that Claude Giroux demanded first shift

Apr 22, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

It’s not exactly as if Claude Giroux was some unknown entity coming into the Philadelphia Flyers’ first round match against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but after he broke a franchise record with 14 points in one series, it’s clear he’s one of the NHL’s biggest stars. He also has the feisty spirit to gain the appreciation of Flyers fans. Cameras caught Giroux smashing his stick after a Game 5 loss, but as this video shows, it was the way he began Game 6 that really showed something.

CSNPhilly’s Sarah Baicker reports that Giroux also hyped up his first shift with teammates, so it was obvious that he had every intention of setting an early tone like he did. Scott Hartnell might have come away the most impressed, supplying this great quote to Mark Masters.

“G’s probably the biggest competitor that I have ever played with,” Hartnell.

Mike Richards is going to be a sad panda.

  1. uncledick - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Here’s your face, NHL.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      He hit crosby so hard that when crosby got up his number was 78 !

      • bearcountry17 - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM

        hit him so hard he forgot to stay down and cry to the refs

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:42 AM

        He had no tears in his mellon ! He hit him so hard the tears and snot bubbles ended up on the Pens bench !

  2. phillyphever - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Him and Stamkos>>>>Crosby and Ovechkin.

  3. bag217 - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    The world is starting to see what Flyer fans have known for 3 years. Claude is going to be a beast in this league.

    • tcclark - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      *Claude is a beast in this league.

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      Is this a joke?
      3 years ago Philly fans were crying over the Hartnell contract, and yammering about how great Richards and Carter were.

      Meanwhile HOKCEY people knew that Claude was the real deal.

      And then when Richards and Carter were shipped out, ohhhhhh how most Philly fans cried yet again, why HOCKEY people knew that Philly was making great moves and putting Hartnell and Giroux at the forefront.

      So please
      Spare us this “what Flyers fans have known for years” garbage
      More than half of you were saying Carter>Claude and Richards>Claude 16 months ago

      Revisionist historian

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:09 PM

        Things the Majority of Flyers fans have been wrong about

        The Pronger Trade
        Size and length of Hartnell’s contract
        Size and length of Briere’s contract
        The Richards Trade
        The Carter Trade
        The Bryz signing

        Am I missing anything? Philly fans for the most part become massive homers and hated all these changes, when they were the best things that ever happened to the team in decades.

        Of course most of them now are acting like they were always on board with all these moves when in fact people were losing their minds.

      • xxakshunxx - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:22 PM

        You have NO CLUE what you’re talking about… I live in the Philly area and i’m not a flyers fan tho so this isnt biased.. Flyers fans complained while they still had Richards and Carters in Philly because they knew both had great potential but both of those guys cared more about partying downtown and at the shore and getting caught up in the painkillers and everything.. Flyers fans were not entirely sad to see either go…

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

        The only 2 places back then where more than 10 peoplewas online talking hockey was the ESPN message board boards and the hfboards.

        And yes, I know exactly what I’m talking about, because I debated all these moves with Philly fans there over the years.

        You are so absolutely full of it. I can even link local philly stories about the Pronger trade and thinking they gave up too much.
        Philly fans couldn’t stomach giving up players and 2 first round picks.

        And don’t give me this garbage about Carter and Richards.

        The Philly boards EXPLODED in hate of the trades.

        I have no problem calling you a liar or someone living in a bubble
        Take your pick

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM

        Coming from a guy who has done nothing but try to bash everything Philly since the beginning of the Pitt series, including newspapers, your obviously biased opinion is garbage. Remember when you said you didn’t live in Philly so you didn’t understand the difference between the Daily News and the Inquirer? Now you’re trying to tell people what “half of Philly” thought about anything? Kind of hard to know what the majority of a fanbase thinks just from a comment thread where the same 80 or so people post their opinions. So take your own advice and spare us yours.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:54 PM

        From the large Flyers site and Ill quote

        “Step away from the knife. Step away from your loved ones. Go to a secluded place. Cry, yell, scream, break things, whatever.

        The Flyers traded Mike Richards to the Kings for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds not 45 minutes after they traded Jeff Carter to the Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek, a 1st and a 3rd.

        Personally? I’m going to go grab a drink. Ed Snider ordered a rebuild, Paul Holmgren executed. It could be worse (Schenn is a stud), but…”

        Only has 900+ comments, basically echoing the same thing.
        I can link some more and totally make you look the fool if you all wish

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:58 PM

        The irony of someome named “bloggersarenotjournalists” who tries to prove his point with a blog is almost too much to take.

      • phillyboy20 - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:59 PM

        haha wow bloogersarenotjournalists you really managed to live up to your name bc you clearly didn’t do any homework before these comments. Not a single thing you said in two posts was correct…thats impressive considering the length of them.

        Everyone loved the pronger trade, most fans here love hartnell they just wanted the stupid penalties to stop and this yr they did. Briere is the most clutch player in the playoffs since the lockout and that alone makes his contract worth it. People wanted Carter gone two years ago, he was the anti-briere always coming up small in big situations. I’ll give you richards somewhat bc we werent sure what we were getting in young players like simmonds and schenn, it had absolutely nothing to do with giroux. And as far as Bryz goes the jury is still out he was unreal the last month of the season but average the rest of it, any fan base would be slightly uneasy with that for that kind of money.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM

        “First, trading Jeff Carter is… well, incredibly stupid. He was the Flyers best forward last year, is signed to a cap-friendly deal, and is in the conversation of the NHL’s elite. BUT, the return isn’t so bad. A former #7 overall pick, the #8 overall pick, and a third rounder? Not bad. Not great, mind you (coughProngercough), but not bad.”

        And about 600 comments crying about the loss of Carter

        So ya

        Im going to call you a liar and ignore the kid who thinks screen names = career choice

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

        Haha and there’s another SINGLE blog from the person who trashes bloggers in his name. Btw, smart guy, I never said your name referred to a career choice but to an INTEREST you most likely had. For example, from my name, one could reasonably assume I’m interested in hockey. Simple concept right? Apparently not.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

        Look how dumb you all are….

        I am providing PROOF of what PHILLY FANS were saying at the time of these trades, its NOT ABOUT WHAT THE BLOGGER SAID, ITS ABOUT THE 900 and 600 COMMENTS FROM PHILLY FANS AGREEING

        Idiots, the lots of yas

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM

        It’s going to be pretty hard to pr

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM

        “Blah Blah Blah, anti-blogger using a blog as a link”



        Seriously, look at yas

        I said Philly fans were upset about he moves
        Idiots said no they werent
        And I just provided about 1500 examples of how Im right, and you’re living in some bizzaro land when the past happened exactly the opposite of reality.

        900 comments CRYING about the Richards trade
        600 comments CRYING about the Carter trade


        Do yas like apples?

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:16 PM

        Again, 900 comments on some kids blog hardly represent “half of a fanbase”. Also, thats not 900 individual people commenting there… Just 900 total messages part of conversations between people like the one youre having now that count towards the total 900. The hypocrisy of someone with your name using blogs is hilarious… Thanks for being the joke of the night, bud

      • maalea - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM

        Blogger if you have even a scant knowlege the media, you should be well aware of the silent majority.

        It’s only the people who are pissed that write letters to the editor.

      • phillyboy20 - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:22 AM

        If you were in philly you would have heard all the people calling in praising the carter trade on talk radio, the only people wishing he was still here are the south jersey girls he was banging. Again alot of people liked richards and weren’t sure about simmonds and schenn but nobody was saying richards was more talented than giroux. And if your gonna judge what people in phily think by a blog at least go to a semi credible one at

      • wicky888 - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

        I wasn’t upset at all to see Carter go, I was tired of his sissy plan and constant injuries. Signing Bryz was what the Flyers HAD to do at the time, so either way it was the right move. I was all for the Briere signing, thought it was a lot of money, but he proves his worth every post season. I did think they gave up a lot for Pronger because of his age, and I was wondering how many years he really had left. He was great while he was here, but now hes probably gone. Toss up. I also expected Hartnell to be gone because of his dumb penalties and falling all over the place. I guess once the guy who was banging his wife got traded, he was able to re-focus. I loved Richards as a player, but he was a horrible captain and leader. And the partying was ripping the team apart. So the Flyers did what they had to do. I didnt expect this kind of production out of Schenn, Cotourier, Simmonds or Vorachek ….. and if you say you saw it coming you’re a liar. The Flyers wre obviously trying to get younger and more balanced, and they did that.

        Either way … what do you care? 1500 comments hardly represents “half of a fan base”. It represents high school / college kids who don’t know sh!t but love to post comments and talk ish ….. just like YOU.

      • whlskey - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        Let me get this straight.. You’re trying to prove your idiotic theory that Flyers fans basically know nothing about “HOKCEY” based on the comments of 1600 personal opinions and points of view of the Richards and Carter trades blogged online, for the exact thoughts and opinions of an entire city with over 1,000,000 people..? You’re absolutely right, you’ve definitely convinced me. Thank you for the fine insight and wisdom such as yours. (as I say this in my most sarcastic voice).. Just figured I’d spell that out for you since you are obviously handicapped.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Pens fans are Bandwagoner
        But you Philly fans, most of yas are LIARS

        MOST of you HATED the Carter and Richards trades

        I have PROVEN THIS and can continue to prove it if you like.

        If you were the MINORITY and liked the trades



      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        The best part about that blog? Go through and read some comments. Not all 900, bc you can get a good idea of the general themes with the first page or two. A few, obviously women posters, hate the trade bc they thought those two were cute. MOST of those comments are from people who either a) love the carter trade and aren’t sure about what they got back for Richards or B) people having a discussion about what the Flyers are doing but without putting forth a positive or negative opinion. Also, as expected, tons of the same people posting over and over that takes away from the point you made about 900 total comments. So, about 10% of comments mostly from the same 80 people on a blog that nobody reads posted by a guy who openly bashes blogs is supposed to represent what “half of a fanbase” thinks? Nice try.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        “Women posters”


        Shut up French BOY

        LeSalle means you’re french

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        Just like when the CBJ were talking about trading and actually traded Carter there were still Philly fans lamenting trading Cater.

        This was only a few months ago

        Like I said, I was on the ESPN and HF boards when these trades went down and I told Philly fans they are MAKING OUT LIKE BANDITS and will LOVE these trades.

        And of course I was told how stupid I was and how great Richards and Cater were, just like I was told that Hartnell was overpaid and needed a haircut.

        I like Philly MUCH more than the Pens. But I don’t BLINDLY bash the Pens like you.

        I don’t pretend that when someone on Philly does something stupid, that it didn’t happen and makes excuses for them.

        See you are a lil boy
        a lil homer who blindly hates and blindly roots for teams
        You are common

        But like I said, If you were one of the FEW that liked the trade
        And you were posting on hockey forums

        Stop your fraking LYING and pretending like the majority of other Philly fans were too

        They WERENT
        Should I link the HFboards threads and comments about theses trades too?

        The MAJORITY lost their freakin minds

        Common land predictable lying lil boy that you are…..

      • phillyboy20 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        bloggers you might be one of the dumbest posters ive seen on any website… here are some blogs where majority of philly fans liked the trade…(funny more fans of other teams saying it wasnt a good trade, and alot of flyer fans liking it)

        but again they’re blogs and mean nothing if you lived in philly and talked to people that know hockey most people wanted carter gone

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        Can’t take anyone who calls themselves “boy” seriously.

        I was there on the boards for days arguing with BOYS like you telling them the trades were good while they told me the Flyers are stupid.

        Run along lil BOY

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        That’s actually LA Salle not LE Salle… If you’re going to be a smartass at least get the name right. But back to your point… You can give me as many Internet chat rooms and comment threads as you’d like… But unless you live here, you hardly know what the MAJORITY of fans feel about anything..again, you thought the Daily News wasn’t a tabloid…. Not sure how many times we have to go over that. The MAJORITY of a fanbase doesn’t post on the internet… And even the MAJORITY OF THE COMMENTS you’ve cited don’t show anything close to the outrage you’re claiming. As far as you accusing me of blindly hating you might want to go back and look at my comments on this site before you find yourself guilty of the same. Every claim I make has some statistic or fact posted with it….but the tone of your comments suggest how immature you really are… See? More facts. What you’re proving are that some idiots on the Internet were pissed about trades… NOT the majority of a fanbase… To prove that you’re going to have to do a bit more research than just a couple of blogs, Mr. Bloggersarenotjournalists. Let’s do some math.. At the last Cup parade, over 2 million people came out. The next parade I’m sure you’d get nearly double. Good luck finding 1.5 million people who hated the trades. MOST were shocked like most of the NHL, unsure of the plan and unsure of the future which is easy to understand. More facts? Attendance went UP after the trade… From an average of 19,715, which is 101% of capacity, to 20,433, 107% of capacity. Yeah, sounds like the MAJORITY were so against those trades that MORE people filled an already FULL building. That’s AFTER a 21% increase in ticket prices. But by all means, use your blogs and 80 people who make up for the 900 comments. I’ll use the 900,000 people who packed the Wells Fargo Center this year.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        You sure did write a bunch of stuff I didn’t bother reading

        Im sure it was all stupid though

        Maybe someone will read it and care though

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        It’s ok.. I can understand you don’t want to take too much time to read why your point is garbage. So, here’s the cliff’s notes version:

        Attendance went UP after the trade… From an average of 19,715, which is 101% of capacity, to 20,433, 107% of capacity. Yeah, sounds like the MAJORITY were so against those trades that MORE people filled an already FULL building. That’s AFTER a 21% increase in ticket prices. But by all means, use your blogs and 80 people who make up for the 900 comments. I’ll use the 900,000 people who packed the Wells Fargo Center this year.

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Claude G lit up 87

  5. bleed4philly - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:17 PM


  6. vasteelerfan - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Let’s wait and see. How many cups does he have now.

    • uncledick - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      The same amount that the Penguins can win this year… 0. But seriously your argument holds no weight. He’s 24 he has plenty of time to get a cup, or a few with how young the flyers are.

  7. shortsxit - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Hockey fans are impressed with Giroux demanding the first shift. I have 23 pieces of proof.

    Idiots, all of yas…

    • cleverbob - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      You should trot out that tired old “apples” line again.

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