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Giroux leaves Germany, returns to North America after neck injury

Nov 20, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT

Claude Giroux AP

What began as a “little neck injury” has turned into cause for concern.

That’s the word out of Philadelphia on Tuesday, as star Flyers forward Claude Giroux prepared to leave German club Eisbaeren Berlin and return to North America to have his neck injury examined.

News of Giroux’s departure was first reported by Oliver Koch of Hockeyweb.de, later confirmed via a tweet from the Eisbaren organization.

Giroux suffered the injury during a league game last Friday after being checked in the head by a Krefeld Pinguine player, but initially brushed it off as a minor issue.

“Just a little neck injury,” Giroux told the Philadelphia Daily News. “[Don't] read too much into it.”

Now, it appears the ailment was more serious than first thought.

According to a rough translation of Koch’s report, Giroux will head to Atlanta to see a “specialist” for further testing. The report also claims Giroux underwent standard head- and neck-injury tests in Berlin following Friday’s game, but was complaining of “feeling unwell” — thus, the move to Atlanta.

It’s worth noting that concussion specialist Ted Carrick, who famously worked with Sidney Crosby, has a clinic at Life University in Atlanta.

News of Giroux’s injury has to be concerning for the Flyers organization. He’s been sidelined by concussions twice in his career — he missed five games during the 2008-09 season and another four during the 2010-11 campaign.

Update: Sounds like Giroux is in Atlanta to see Carrick, according to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News

Update 2: This time, from ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun…

  1. islesjb - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    NHL 13 curse?

  2. ibieiniid - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    That’s ok. this time he should miss approximately 0 games

  3. hank10 - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    As soon as Holmgren pronounced it was of no concern, it was time to put the worry caps on. He who said Pronger was out with flu-like symptoms and will be back soon. Be afraid, be very afraid.

  4. sjsharks66 - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Now Crosby and Girouxe have something in common.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      never

    • kellyb9 - Nov 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      … They’re both in North America?

  5. sjsharks66 - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Damn, misspell Giroux one time and the phone corrects it with an e. lol I meant *giroux

  6. flyeredup - Nov 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Way to go Fehr, Daly, Bettman! Your stars are getting injured. Rot NHL!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Stars never get hurt in the NHL.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        I guess all of the botherly love giroux makes to his teammates has finally caught up to him

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Nov 20, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    This was my worst fear when players started announcing they were signing outside the NHL. I hope this means Giroux is done playing overseas. If there’s actually a season we have no shot without him. Since apparently Ed Snider really wants this lockout to end this should provide extra motivation for him to talk some sense into his fellow owners. I’m sure G won’t be the last big name to get injured, and if the owners really care about their product there should be extra incentive there to end the damn lockout.

  8. jimw81 - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Eskin Tweeted tonight saying he came back to US with neck injury but fine and not happy playing overseas.

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