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Giroux: ‘The confidence is not there’

Oct 9, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers finally won on Tuesday, but their captain Claude Giroux still doesn’t have a point in 2013-14. Some might assume that he’s suffering from the lingering effects of his offseason hand injury, but he told CSNPhilly.com that it’s more mental than physical.

“The confidence is not there,” Giroux said. “I don’t think it’s the hand — the confidence is just not there. I will be fine. A few bad games, you always have a stretch like that during the season. Going day by day. We have a new system today and guys did a good job working it. It’s an ugly win, but we’ll take it.”

Giroux, 25, has taken 10 shots on goal in four games with no results. He’s also set up his fair share of plays, but for many, the bottom line is that he needs to produce.

New Flyers head coach Craig Berube believes Giroux might be forcing it a bit.

“I think he’s fine, he’s healthy,” Berube said. “I think G is trying a little bit too hard, personally. I think he gives everything he’s got out there. Sometimes it is too much. You try too hard and can’t accomplish the things you want to accomplish.”

Plenty of talented players struggle – remember when it took Phil Kessel 11 games to score a goal in 2013? – so Giroux would be best served to put it out of his mind.

That might not be too easy in a demanding market like Philly, though.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    It’s pretty apparent that G isn’t 100%. Mental or physical can be debated by all but one thing is true: he is the captain. And as the ‘C’ bearer, Claude needs to step up his game. I hope he does because he is fun to watch and has an immense amount of skill.

  2. mcphillthy - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    He will get it back. He just has to get out of his slump. It happens. His first will come soon

  3. President Charles Logan - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    This guy is the least of the Flyers’ concerns … he’ll be fine.

    • macjacmccoy - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:25 AM

      I wouldnt say that ,Giroux has looked pretty bad out there. He doesnt seem to be seeing the ice at all. He’s been trying to pass thru 2 and 3 defenders at a time, and when he actually completes a pass its usually to a guy who has no chance of doing anything with the puck, because he either has a defender draped all over him or the pass is so off line that by the time he gets the puck in a shooting position its already to late. Dont get me started on his ability to receive a pass. It seems 4 out of 5 times the puck is hopping over his stick or he’s bobbling it.

      Dont be fooled by his name and number if we didnt know it was #28 Giroux, and all we saw was the way he’s been playing we would be wondering how he ever got above the 3rd line.

  4. chrisk61 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    are you kiddin me ? how often does the captain of an nhl team say he lacks confidence ? this is an issue. and part of a broader issue that the flyers aren’t playing well — they aren’t a good team — with giroux as captain. couple that with the flyers giving him 8 yrs/66 million. recipe for disaster.

    one constant for the flyers is rash decisions. you see it in firing coaches, giving guys lucrative contracts based on minimal evidence and quick trades if someone doesn’t produce or gets into someone’s doghouse. i think giroux got the C largely by his hit on crosby in gm 6 of flyers-pens playoff series 2 yrs ago.

  5. ravanator - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Giroux is nothing but a clown. He fits right in with the Flyers weak organization and fan base. Flyers will be living in the basement with the Peguins in the Metro. Have fun watching the Caps raise the cup.

    #crybabygiroux

    • jpelle82 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      troll on man….

  6. macgrubie - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    PHT must have been so excited putting together this headline. It’s like ringing a dinner bell for the trolls.

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