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Skipping camp won’t hurt Giroux’s Olympic chances, says Yzerman

Aug 27, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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Two days after reports suggested Hockey Canada was “extremely disappointed” with Claude Giroux skipping Olympic orientation camp, any potential controversy was put to rest.

Giroux’s decision to bail on the camp and focus on rehabbing his injured hand won’t affect his chances of representing Canada in Sochi, GM Steve Yzerman told the Canadian Press.

The news shouldn’t come as a huge surprise — Giroux is considered by many to be one of the 11 “locks” Hockey Canada CEO Bob Nicholson referred to — but will likely come as a relief to Giroux, who has faced scrutiny following his decision.

“It’s safe to say the entire Olympic brain trust from Hockey Canada, right down to the coaching staff, feel as though they’re extremely disappointed that [Giroux] is not here,” TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported from the Calgary-based camp. “Giroux figures on being an important player on this team, and one of maybe eight forwards who are perceived — if not outright locks — then certainly favorites [to make the team].

McKenzie went on to suggest Giroux stayed away from camp at the urging of the Flyers organization, so perhaps that’s why Hockey Canada isn’t holding the decision against him.

  1. broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Giroux’s priority is recovery, rehab and physical therapy for his injury so he is physically ready for the season and the Olympics. So who gives a crap about Hockey Canada’s thin skin, hurt feelings and disappointment about Giroux not being around to play ball hockey and partake in feelings hour.

    • hockey412 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      How much rehab would he really have missed, though. Let’s be honest – it’s the off-season and there’s very little going on, it’s a hand injury that needs to heal and at this point he may be doing mild exercising with it but nothing that couldn’t be done elsewhere. For the players it was a chance to get on board with coaching strategy, familiarize themselves with each other, and in general get ramped up about competing for their country. I understand the points that it’s not a big deal, but I actually disagree. No secret that I don’t think Giroux is a team player by any stretch and I think making him the Captain was one of the worst of a long line of bad decisions, and this is another example.

      They should have put Benn on the sqaud and cancelled Giroux’s invitation immediately – there are plenty of good/better players that want to go and be a part of competing for their county. This is the Olympics…you go. You compete. That simple. Unless Giroux’s injury is worse than reported, there’s no reason to sit out unless he didn’t want to be there.

      • goodolejr - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        I love how everyone keeps ignoring the one thing that EVERY article on this has mentioned…he likely skipped it due to THE FLYERS telling him to stay home and rehab. If a team tells their $66.2M player to do something, chances are he’s gonna have to listen.

      • hockey412 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        I’m not ignoring it – I have not read anything that provides any certainty behind that statement…only McKenzie’s statement that suggests it might have gone down that way.

        I actually don’t care much, I was just stirring the pot a little. But I do think that it’s a d*ck move seeing as how no one was doing any on-ice drills anyway, and he’s clearly not all that ‘honored’ at the thought of representing his country.

    • ryanrockzzz - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      I agree. It’s nice to say “Hey I’m from Canada, let me do this thing,” but honestly is it really that big of a deal? I would rather stay healthy to extend my NHL career, meet up with Team Canada when I’m good enough to play. I guess it is a huge thing up there to play for Team Canada like it’s the damn Hawks team from the first Mighty Ducks. I find it all a bit silly.

  2. hosewater2 - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Go away Olympics, the Olympics ate just exhibition games to give the media something to talk about and mean nothing.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    He just wanted to spend more time with Hartnell out in Love Park than go to Camp Canada.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Don’t fret dopey. Giroux will be getting handjobs from Crosby at Sochi in no time.

    • laxman1944 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      You’re still a royal d-bag………… toothed jackass

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      I dunno, will Cindy be handle that as letang and his girly locks are gummin’ down on his…

  4. orangeandblack67 - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Really Jaime Benn? Are you High?

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