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Giroux says Flyers are “going through the motions”

Feb 17, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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Claude Giroux is one very unhappy captain.

After the Flyers laid yet another egg last night losing to the Montreal Canadiens 4-1, Giroux tore into his team for their lack of effort. CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio was there to catch the fallout of another miserable Flyers loss.

“We gotta play 60 minutes and compete,” Giroux said. “We’ve got guys in there that care. It’s unacceptable the way we played tonight. It’s not just one or two or three guys. It’s the whole team. … We’ve gotta be ready for those games.

“Just no compete. We’re not competing. We’re not winning battles. We’re just going through the motions.”

Safe to say frustration has set in and Giroux is bearing the brunt of it given his own struggles scoring goals. He has just three goals through 16 games and with the team just 6-9-1 and in last place in the Atlantic Division, stress levels are high.

Is this kind of sound-off going to be enough to light a fire under the Flyers though? For the captain it’s his first real test of leadership trying to navigate this team through a major slump. After all, Chris Pronger isn’t walking through that door.

  1. har21441 - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Sure, leadership is defined by how loudly you complain about your team effort o the media. This guy is a joke, but I’m not sure if the bigger joke is considering him an all world talent or an effective leader.

    • 19to77 - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Oh, pipe down. Any player who’s playing well has a right to be pissed off when the team around him isn’t, and a public demand for better performance is often a good way to spark something – especially when it’s coming from the captain. Besides, Giroux’s one of the only Flyers who isn’t completely underwhelming this year, and it’s not like Bryzgalov’s gonna give any inspirational speeches, right? Someone’s gotta step up.

      • itripledogdareyou - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        But Giroux hasn’t been playing well, he’s part of Philly’s problems. He’s a -6 on the season. Complaining to the media about his teammates isn’t effective leadership, it BS. I’d be pissed off if I was his teammate. Giroux is a great player & Philly should be a solid team but neither are living up to expectations and Giroux pointing fingers only makes it worse. Dare I say they may have anointed him a little too prematurely?

  2. 19to77 - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    How much must it burn the Flyers to have gone into that Devils series basically writing it off as an easy win, and instead being dominated by them in every way since? Not only did the Devils kick them out of the playoffs, they’re now first to the Flyers’ last in the division, and third in the whole damn NHL – this after I’m sure every bitter Flyers fan was laughing about how terrible they’d be without Parise. Oh, and they’re 2-0 against them so far this season, including a shutout.

    • hockeyfan28 - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      New Jersey’s own governor is a Rangers fan goes to show how much people really care
      about the devils and their 6 fans

  3. dcent87 - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    The real joke Is your hockey knowledge.

  4. valoisvipers - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Perhaps Giroux should look in the mirror.He has been invisible many nights this year when last year the guy was a beast and force. His struggles reflect the teams struggles.Is he missing Hartnell that much or is it Jagr that he needs?

    • coronakid76 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      definitely missing Jagr. Homers plan blew up in his face and Jags rolled for only a million more a year. G only had that kind of year because of the attention and passing ability of Jagr. The guy was a puck magnent and just drew everybody in. Nobody on this team right now commands that kind of attention on the attack. I say trade Laughton to Dallas for Jags and a pick…..wouldn’t hurt.

  5. pwilson264 - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    am not a flyer fan, but i have to say that am surprised to see were they are in the conference standings. they don’t play as a cohesive unit, it look’s like the line’s, when on the ice never played together before. plus i guess at this point frustration also play’s apart. i think if they can put out of their mind, were they are in the standings and lose the frustrations, and focus on playing as a unit for sixty minutes they can do much better, it doesn’t matter were you finish first or eighth, getting there is all that matters.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      The reason the lines look like they’ve never played together before is because they haven’t. Laviolette has switched them up so much to try and get a spark that he hasn’t allowed any chemistry to develop. Giroux isn’t producing but it’s unfair to put this squarely on his shoulders. He may not be scoring points but he’s still backchecking and setting an example on the ice. The problem is the constant turnovers in the defensive and neutral zones. Along with the fact that they chip the puck on every offensive rush then don’t put in the effort to retrieve.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Jesus a Flyer fan who makes total sense

      • 950003cups - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        This all goes back to not having a training camp. The Devils wouldn’t be so hot if Marty Brodeur wasn’t playing lights out Vintage Brodeur style goaltending. With games so close together. Players not ready, and newer guys coming up from AHL to replace injured players (another consequence of the lockout) its all on a goalies shoulders now. This whole season is gonna feel like one long playoff run.

  6. mustbechris - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    leadership isn’t the problem. they’re just a bad team. poorly constructed, unfortunate allocation of assets, every player aside from giroux is playing one line above where they should be on a good team, injuries aren’t helping things, it’s just all bad right now. they need a line combination to click really soon before the season is out of reach.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Were you saying they were poorly constructed last season when they were tearing it up offensively? I hate this arguement because last season the whole league was praising Holmgrens on-the-fly rebuild. Now bc they’re struggling it’s a poorly constructed team. That’s wrong. The most successful teams are ones with a franchise defenseman, and this team had one. But the loss of Pronger was a huge issue. They tried to replace him with Weber but that didn’t work. And I just don’t think they have the ability to overcome the loss of a steadying presence like that. But it’s not for a lack of trying. Until they can bring in that top notch dman they will never be true contenders. But they absolutely have the ability to be a playoff team, they’re just mired in struggles right now.

      • mustbechris - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        I’m not trashing OR praising Holmgren. He went for the big names and when he didn’t catch any of them he tried to fill in holes with Magic Putty because it was his only option at that point. It happens. At that point you hope for the best. I don’t think it’s a situation where he didn’t do his job, I just think the already-thin market dried up quick and he had to hunker down and hope the team had enough wins by the trade deadline to justify making a move for a defenseman at that point. At the very least, Bryz has played well this year which has covered up many deficiencies. He’s directly responsible for at least half of those 6 wins. They could be a much worse team than they have been already.

  7. steelers88 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Im not a Flyers by any stretch but I have watched a lot of Flyers this year and they have been hurt by the lack of scoring terrible defense and injuries period. If the Flyers could at least score 3-4 goals a game they would be pretty good because the goaltending has been strong.

    • crosberries - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      I can’t wait till football season comes back so I can stop reading your obvious comments on anything hockey related. Any team that scores 3-4 goals a night is going to be a decent team. Thank you captain obvious for pointing that out.

    • 950003cups - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Tell that to the Islanders and Oilers. They score in boatloads and always end up in the basement.

      • crosberries - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        Thank you 2cups1dbag

    • 950003cups - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Tell that to the Islanders and Oilers. They score in boatloads and always end up in the basement. Its all about DEFENSE.

  8. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    If true it means the Flyers have tuned out the coaches staff and it’s time for a change.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      I think it may be time to for a coaching change. Hockey coaches have a life span of about 5 years with the same team, after that you need to go in a different direction.

  9. franchisethighs - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Sounds like more ginger whining to a real franchise captain.

  10. flyeredup - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I’m leading the “Fire Lavy” Campaign. The JVR trade killed us.

  11. hines86for6 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Shea Weber sure dodged a bullet.

    Predators > This dumpster fire of a team.

    where ya at broadstbeatdown?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Yeah because Weber is tearing it up this season. If the Flyers were able to acquire Weber it would be a completely different dynamic. He would supply that presence that we once had with Pronger. Teams go through highs and lows- just look at the Lightning and Sharks- so eventually the Flyers will hit their stride. No question they’re struggling but it will change at some point.

    • 950003cups - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Had the Flyers landed Weber they would be playing better. Sometimes one Dman could be the difference if they are like Pronger. Flyers fell apart when they lost Pronger. It’s unbelievable.

    • ironman721 - Feb 17, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Yeah this is kind of depressing. I miss the good old days when broadstreet was calling Crosby “Cindy” and saying how much better Giroux was then Crosby. By the way Crosby just had his 5th 3pt game this month. Anyway I do hope the Flyers turn it around. Hockey is not as much fun when Philly is under .500 . At least it is early and 1/2 the conference makes the playoffs.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        Haha I agree. It has been a dismal sports year in Philly, and normally I put a lot of faith in the Flyers. They’re letting me down. No question the Pitt-Philly rivalry is lacking right now.

  12. phillyphannn83 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    We need Hartnell and all our injured d-men back BAD!

  13. Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Getting rid of Carter and Richards was a gamble , and out of all the players they got in return, only Simmonds will wind up being productive for the long term… book it . Schenn and Voracek are nothings more then 3rd liners , mark my words. they are so infatuated with these Schenn sisters, it’s baffling.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      They got Sean Couturier out of the Carter trade……so yaaaaaa…..

      • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        so yeah when sean couturier becomes a 40 goal scorer , you get back to me

      • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        He never has to score 40 to be an excellent and highly valueable player. Has Bergeron ever scored 40? Kid has leadership qualities and is one of the best young 2 way players in the game. Ask Malkin

      • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        couturier had one good playoff series shadowing the guy for 6 games , wow. Lets not call him one of the best 2 way players in the NHL quite yet

      • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        I just did, just like many others, just like when he was the #1 player in the early ISS rankings ahead of the Nuge and Landeskog for his complete game and intangibles.
        But you keep thinking that Simmonds is the only worthwhile player they received in those trades.

  14. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I don’t like giroux

  15. hockeyfan28 - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Looking at the flyers march schedule which is absolutely brutal they could easily have a top 2 or 3 draft pick
    I’m at the point where I know their not a cup contender but I’d rather not break these kids up and let them
    get as much ice time as possible I think the best course is just ride this season out buy out a couple of guys
    and add to the roster this summer.

  16. spochiefsfan - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Hartnell back this week..? Huge!

  17. me6661973 - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    We miss hartnell and yes jagr should been given a deal. We lack d lockout stop us from finding a pronger replacement we lost out on weber. Lockout started and search had stop. Real captain should been hartnell all alone so captain now can focus on purely they game of scoring not babysitting they rookies. Spark needs to be fired up. He’ll Danny,been better captain. And say worst 5 hole in brzy. I he playing hard but missing some good stops and making some. I reget us getting rid ray emery is our goalie coach that bad. We need someone step up help goalie out. They may say Micheal Leighton was bad but I still think he never given a chance. Who going get traded next jvr seems be scoring better than rest of first line hell 4th line needs be our first look how much they scored. It crazy something missing because this isn’t flyers hard hitting hockey.

  18. amaiorana13 - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Reblogged this on Evening the Score.

  19. wenzel0232 - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Fire Peter!!

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