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Flyers owner Ed Snider rips decision to leave Giroux off Team Canada … again

Feb 6, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

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Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider isn’t at all pleased that his team’s captain, Claude Giroux, was left off Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team yet again. And he let his feelings known.

Giroux, along with Martin St. Louis, were believed to be the two frontrunners to be named as the single replacement for the injured Steven Stamkos, who will not be competing for Canada in Sochi because his broken tibia hasn’t fully healed yet. That decision was officially made on Wednesday.

On Thursday, St. Louis was named as that replacement. He’ll return to the Olympics, having competed for Canada in 2006.

Giroux was snubbed once again. Snider let his thoughts be known Thursday evening, as the Flyers defeated the Colorado Avalanche. Giroux scored his 19th goal of the season – into an empty net.

As per Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post, Snider said Giroux is “…better than half the guys” on Team Canada.

“Anybody that thinks that Claude Giroux doesn’t belong on the Canadian Olympic team, they don’t know anything about hockey,” said Snider.

He continued: “…as far as I’m concerned. It’s politics to a certain degree. He had to pick his own guy. His guy’s good, but Claude’s better.”

  1. killerpgh - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    This should make for some interesting comments here.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      LOL def as Flyers fan Im ok with Giroux not being selected, I get the St Louis Pick. St Louis great players at tail end of his career productive. As for who the better player is right now Id lean toward Giroux who is 26 St Louis is 38, both Players are a point a game player, its real close could go either way Id go with younger lively legs whos just starting his career and not at tail end.

      • pfhockey - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        Snider is trying to make something out of nothing, statisically there are only a few players ahead of MSL in terms of takeaways. St.Louis is an amazing skater(averages one of the highest TOI among forwards), has 360 vision, provides more leadership than Claude, has scored more goals and points while playing on a line with rookies.I’d like to see why Snider thinks Claude is a better decision than MSL even though Marty has been Canada’s leading scorer since the 2010 olympics. MSL is a better choice IMO.

      • pfhockey - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        Not to mention Stamkos was playing presumably on the RW and MSL is a RW.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        Giroux has more points

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:21 AM

        Giroux has more points assist and TOI is virtually even between two. Marty has goals and +/-, not sure St Louis leading in scorer in Olympics four years ago does anything for me, he has pedigree and I don’t mind him making it, but G does same things marty does just look at #s if you don’t think so they tell it all

      • pfhockey - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:34 AM

        TOI is virtually unknown? MSL averages one more minute a game than G, that’s a lot. Have I mentioned MSL plays with rookies?

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:50 AM

        ST LOUIs 21:50 G 21;45 that’s not a min rather 5 more seconds, also Giroux has played with Raffle who is rookie also, that’s not a good excuse good players make other player around them better………………………… Doesn’t matter if its rookies, blind guys, etc.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        giroux is the red headed step child of canadian hockey. literally redheaded. he’s got an attitude and party problem, a foul mouth, and character issues. he’s what most would consider “trailer”. he’s a perfect fit for philly but not the high class of canadian hockey. he showed that in the world championship when they gave him a chance last year. he obviously didnt make a good impression.

      • pfhockey - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Um, where are you getting your stats? MSL has a 21:47 TOI average while Giroux is at 20:43 so it says on NHL.com. what BS are you bringing up? I’ll admit our rookies are good, But have you seen the plays marty makes? Ever since they have played with Marty their ppg with him is at least 1.0.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Jpelle not only is your comment some of the most ill-informed drivel I’ve ever read come from a human “mind”, but you make yourself look like a complete and total a**hole. It’s disgusting that people like you were allowed to advance through whatever backwater school you graduated from. Giroux has more talent, class, and wealth than you have in your deformed little toe.

        That being said I’m glad St. Louis gets this honor, he deserves it, and G can rest and get motivation at the same time. Get off your “high class”, high horse and quit trying to slander a player you clearly know nothing about.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        yup real classy guy you got there. prove me wrong please, clearly i’m not the only one who thinks this. plus he proves it himself. wont see st louis, crosby, tavares, toews, or any other canadian captain spewing garbage like this as the other team they just beat skates off.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        PFHOCKEY– Hockey reference, and Marty has played well no doubt, I never said he didn’t , I take excpetion when you say hes clearly better and the easy choice bc that is the furthest thing from truth. Numbers don’t lie and Giroux has more points and has been a more productive player with less ice time, it is what it is.

      • pfhockey - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        Giroux does have more points in less time no doubt. but nearly half off his points come from the power play and he gets more PP time than Marty. Only a quarter of Marty’s points come from the PP. Expecting that the larger ice may have an effect on PP time, I suggest MSL is clearly a better player on ES than Giroux. MSL increased the production of Palat and Johnson 2x as much than w/o MSL. Nonetheless they are both great players but I think MSL is very well suited for big ice, he is a great perimeter player that can make passes across the zone with ease. He can read plays very quickly.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        35 percent of MSL GOALS are scored on powerplay(8) and he has two empty netters. leaving him only 15 goals at even strength. He has 0 shorthanded goals. Girouxs has the same thing 35 percent of his goals are on powerplay.(6) Like I said these two players are virtually the same player, but Giroux is younger. G def suited for larger ice and his assist numbers which are more than MSL so hes more than capable of cross ice passes on bigger ice surface. G is naturally a perimeter player and hes elevated the play of guys like Raffle, Voracheck, etc. Either way G will get the rest which I prefer and isn’t headed over to socchi which seems like its a mess with all the stories I read.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        Jpelle, wow you are wrong on so many levels… ever been around a hockey rink? I’d say not if you think a player dropping the fbomb is somehow a sign of class. I’m sure Giroux is the only hockey player ever to utter such vile stuff. Secondly, if you actually listen to the audio he says “f… you Raffl”, his linemate! It was all in good fun after a big win in which both players contributed to victory and were jesting over who got player of the game. And if you knew anything about the Flyers you’d know Raffl has developed a reputation as a “comedian” in the lockerroom. Your misinformed propaganda is gonna get you a fox news job someday soon.

        I don’t need to show examples of Crosbys classlessness as he showed us all his true colors two playoffs ago. Captain of team Canada my a**, Toews is 10x the leader of that whiner.

      • thephillyfanclub - Feb 10, 2014 at 3:02 AM

        He actually looks kinda pissed off in this video, maybe raffl ticketed him off, either way, he dropped an f bomb dear god, that’s never been done before, give me a break you panzy

  2. Stiller43 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Hey may be better than some guys on TC, but youre not building a team with the best 20 canadian players. You have to consider the positions as well as the roles they all play, etc…a ton of talented guys got left off TC, whoopdeedoo.

    • bobhpine - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      My feelings about the Flyers and Giroux in particular are well known in these parts.

      That said, he doesn’t belong over St. Louis, he DOES belong over Rick Nash and Jeff Carter though. Nash is a stiff and I think Giroux competes way harder than Carter.

      Claudette didn’t do himself any favors by acting like a punk and no showing orientation camp. That coupled with his slow start sealed his fate. He was never getting on. Same thing with James Neal after he curb stomped Brad Marchand with his knee and didn’t apologize. Perceived lack of character matters to these Canadians, so before you philly fans erupt, notice I took James Neal down a peg too (not that it’ll matter…philly fans don’t know anything other than seething, volcanic hatred).

      Whatever, it’s fine with me. I’d rather have the Americans competing against a fragile shrinking violet like Jeff Carter and an empty vessel like Rick Nash any day. U-S-A, U-S-A

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        Re read your post, you’re attempting to antagonize Philly fans the whole way through and then try to deflect criticism by saying philly fans are volcanic or whatever terminology you used there. So can I counter by saying all penguin fans on here are ignorant trolls who are lucky their team isn’t playing in Kansas City across the street from fat boy Andy? I don’t actually feel that way but I do about your post. If you’re gonna talk trash on the internet at least own up to it, I didn’t know the internet had little bit**es you sir, would be a first…and as far as ‘the real deal’ is concerned, he’ll get his, what goes around comes around

      • ibieiniid - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        that’s all it is on PHT anymore. people trying to antagonize us Flyers fans… yet there’s rarely responses. this article is the perfect example. i see nothing but attacks from Flyers haters, while the Flyers fans are trying to have civilized conversations. hell, only like one flyers fan even said he agrees with Snyder’s tirade.

        it’s gotten ridiculous and is a main reason why I rarely come to the comment sections anymore. it’s no longer fun to comment and converse because you’re just attacked every time. hockey-smart Flyers fans are shunned. we can’t say one thing without being a “homer.”

      • bobhpine - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        that hockeyseasonyet dude’s post is laughably unintelligible.

        “I don’t actually feel that way but I do about your post.”

        ur dum

  3. lowenni - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    While I admire an organization sticking up for their players, I’m sure Giroux would prefer to let this die down instead of being embarrassed by comments like this. This is like Tyler Seguin’s mommy coming to his defense last year with the Twitter scandal. While Snider has every right to be supportive of Giroux in these times and voice his opinion on his talents, if he thinks St. Louis should’ve been left off instead of Giroux then HE is the one who “knows nothing about hockey”!

    ….Giroux still should’ve been on over Jeff Carter, though.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      What does St Louis do that Giroux cant? I agree Giroux could have made it over other guys but even when it came down to St Louis or Giroux I think Snider is right, Giroux can do everything St Louis does and hes 12 years younger? Also based on #s as the level of competition goes up so does Giroux’s play. Again have no problem wt Marty making it but your comment of Snider not Knowing hockey bc he said Giroux should have made it over Marty, isn’t a knock on Sniders knowledge of Hockey at all. Many experts and analysts said same thing snider said.

      • angrytwitterguy - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:25 AM

        Naturally play Right Wing
        Win a Cup
        Win a Hart
        Win an Art Ross (twice)
        Showed up to orientation camp

        You asked

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:32 AM

        Can careless about cup just means team he played on were better. Won hart over 10 years ago when he was 28, Claude just starting his career. Missed Camp bc Giroux has hand surgery, like I said no problem Marty making it but he not better than Giroux and if Stevie Y was Gm of Flyers Giroux be going not Marty and that’s a fact.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        Giroux played right wing before the carter and Richards trades so hes experienced on the WING

      • jpelle82 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        key word was “naturally”

  4. bsaures - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Yes because we should all trust Ed Snider when it comes to assessing talent lol. Well on the upside he was around when the Flyers won their last Stanley Cup. The downside it was almost 40 years ago lol

    • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Snider pays players he doesn’t pick them, if you want to say its been forty years since he could pick the right GM to assemble a cup team youd be right, saying he doesn’t know talent doesn’t make much sense.

      • bsaures - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        If you think that the Owner/Chairman has no say in who the team brings in especially a guy like Snider who meddles more than most owners you must be seriously naive or a idiot

      • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:16 PM

        No he def does but just because you don’t win cups doesn’t mean you don’t have talented teams. Kings won a few years ago with plenty of players drafted by the flyers. Cups doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t know talent, bc as we all know the most talented team doesn’t always win.

      • bsaures - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        Ya thats a ok excuse for a year or 2 but this guy has had almost 40 years to get it right and he hasnt.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        Not an excuse it reality talent doesn’t always win that’s a fact.

      • bsaures - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

        It wins most of the time how is it that teams like Edmonton, Montreal, NYI, Detroit, Pittsburgh could all win atleast 2 years in a row if they werent the best team at their respective time? Was it a coincidence that Montreal won 4 championships right after the Flyers won basically wiping the floor with every team? Or that NYI won 4 straight before losing in the finals the 5th year? Or that Edmonton won 4 out of 5 years because they werent the best team.

        The best team wins often enough that its fair to say the Flyers havent had the best team for any stretch of time since they last won the cup

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        You are talking about 30-35 years ago when league was composed of 18 teams, no salary cap, etc. Todays Nhl is extremely different and no the best team doesn’t always win there is much parody and unlike any other sports Goalies can steal series etc. Those teams you point out was a different era, there hasn’t been a back to back champ in over 17 years, the league is just different. Be the first to admit that snider has his short comings he def knows talent however. Since winning in 75 the flyers have been to 6 Stanley cup final yes all loses, but a team that goes to 6 finals doesn’t lack for talent. Ill take a Final on appearance on average 1 every 6 years.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        Perfect example the last time my flyers went to the Finals against blackhawks, the Eastern Final was a 7 vs 8 matchup flyers vs, canadiens you are going to tell me they were best two teams in EAST? Just a different league, Snider has eye for talent look at his players, they have just come up short and haven’t had a goalie since Bernie parent. THUS 0 Stanley cups

    • barkar942 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Snider really knows how to pick goalies!
      White tigers and the Universe…………………………….

      • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        LOL NOW THAT I HAVE NO ARGUMENT

    • bsaures - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      So what if there was only 18 teams and no salray cap the Flyers were one of those 18 teams and they could spend as much as they want as well if anything it should have given them a better chance to win. 6 Finals in almost 40 years isnt impressive no one cares about the team that finishes second. Ile take a team that wins once over a team that finishes second 6 times. Then again with only 1 major championship in any sport for the last 30 years in Philly I guess failure has become a daily part of Philly life

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        actually have 3 in 34 again study up before you WHIP OUT LIES.. Not asking a what team you take, just simplying saying your Snider doesn’t know talent is way of base bc he surely does. 0 Cups doesn’t mean your team lacks talent

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        Kind of ironic you use the 30 year mark which wold take you back to 84 because the sixers won in 83 and phils won in 80, would sort of water down your failure post.#HATER

      • bsaures - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        It doesnt make what I said untrue it just means you have to reach back EVEN FURTHER to find a Philly team that has won anything which is still sad. The Montreal Canadiens alone have more championships than all the Philly teams in major sports (NFL,NBA,MLB,NHL,MLS).

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        That’s awesome for the Candiens go root for them. No doubt my flyers teams have come up short no denying that but they have given many meaningfull games, and I can only hope one day they get it right and win a cup that’s what being a fan is. You want to sit around and bash a team and owner that’s your right but I must add that you live quite the exciting life to sit around and bash a team and owner. I live in the present and can only hope my team gets it right, could careless when the last time we won bc it irrelevant, there is one defending champ right now the HAWKS the rest are losers and that’s a fact.

  5. phillyfan11 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Can’t say I’m too surprised about St. Louis making the team. What I wonder is what would have happened if Yzerman was the GM for any other team besides the Lightning because he was pretty compelled to pick his own guy a second time. Might be the same, but it is something to think about I guess.

    • pfhockey - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      Don’t be brainwashed by that moron Snider.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:11 AM

        Not being Brainwashed common sense look at the number St Louis and G same player and Giroux younger

      • pfhockey - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:18 AM

        They aren’t the same, if I looked at the numbers I see Marty scoring more goals and points than G and at the same time he is playing with ROOKIES. “Common sense”, oh how ironic. Snider is a moron. He is just salty Giroux didn’t make it.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Bud Giroux has more points and assist marty has more goals that’s it look things up before you throw out statements that are false

      • pfhockey - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:36 AM

        I’m sorry, I forgot that G scored an EMPTY this evening.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:48 AM

        YES MARTY HAS 3 EMPTY NETTERS THIS YEAR ALSO SO DONT WANT TO GO THERE

  6. spitfisher - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Posturing!

    deep down inside he fine with it.

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    First, obviously he’ll speak up for one of his guys. Second, funny to hear a guy who will be cheering for the US telling the Canadians how to run their team.

  8. gregman98 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    As opposed to someone who “don’t know anything about hockey”, dictating his GM to assemble this pathetic squad for 2013-3014.

    Oh I know phillyfan…it was all goes back to bad luck, plus Pronger, bad ice, injuries, the-gun-to-our-head-that-made-use-sign-Mezaros, etc.

    • ruthlessandtoothless - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      I wouldn’t really call this team pathetic. The defense sucks yeah, but theres quite a few young quality forwards and Steve Mason has pretty much been rock solid aside from a rough going in January. They’re still in the hunt for the playoffs as well so I’m not sure pathetic is the right word. Average might be more accurate.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        Team far from Pathetic team, have won 3 straight against Kings, Sharks, and Avs pretty impressive, Mason has been solid. No doubt defense is work in progress, but team far from Pathetic. I also think it be YOUS not USE just helping you out.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      #1 the Flyers have faced their fair share of bad luck: meeting the Habs dynasty in the 70s, meeting
      the Oilers dynasty in the 80s, the death of our Vezina goaltender Pelle Lindbergh before his prime, meeting the Red Wings dynasty in the 90s, losing Pronger, and then meeting the new Hawks dynasty. Is it an excuse? No, we lost. But those are some uphill battles there. And just an fyi: Meszaros was not signed you clown, he was acquired in a trade. I love when trolls know nothing yet tell us they know everything.

  9. jimw81 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    That’s why us Flyers fan call him Chairman of the Board

    • barkar942 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      All I know is my Comcast bill keeps going up to pay for his goalie buyouts!

      • tightbutth0le - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:41 AM

        All I know is your Comcast bill has nothing to do with Ed Snider, because he is the Chairman of Comcast Spectacor which is owned by Comcast but is a separate entity from Comcast Cable. Ed Snider founded Spectacor, then sold 63% of its stake to Comcast while retaining his title of “Chairman”. Ed Snider has almost nothing to do with cable.

      • ibieiniid - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        i’m with you “tightbutth0le,” but it was just a joke.

      • jimw81 - Feb 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        no your comcast bill continues to go up because they charge you ridiculous fees like 3 dollars to look at basic local channels and fees/ flyers have zero to with comcast.

  10. govtminion - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Straight up, nothing against Giroux, who is a very good player in his own right, but this is insane. The way St. Louis has played over the past few weeks, how could you possibly even consider Giroux over him? Again, not that Giroux has been bad, but… St. Louis has been a monster. No comparison- Yzerman made the right call.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      Giroux has most points in the NHL since Christmas so obviously you haven’t seen Giroux the past few weeks, not doubting St Louis playing well but numbers don’t lie and Giroux has more points for year and since Christmas.

      • govtminion - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        True- on both counts. He has more points, and I don’t watch a whole ton of the Flyers (not in my broadcast market). I HAVE watched St. Louis though- and it’s not just the point numbers with him. He’s digging the puck out of corners, he’s picking off passes- his entire game has just gone crazy lately.

        We know Canada can score goals- there’s no question of that. St. Louis is offering, to me, as complete of a game as any player in the NHL right now- to me, that makes him a better selection. Your mileage can- and obviously does- vary.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        Yes def bud, im a flyers fan I have no problem with the Marty pick, but St Louis&G are literally the same player like mirror images of each other, the except being one is 26 and one is 38. Giroux kills penalties, plays powerplay, plays 5 on 5 well all things marty does. Stevie Y went with his guy I get it just, I only take exception when guys use those key phrases such as “Clear Cut”, Obviously Better, etc. This decision could have went either way.

      • pfhockey - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        Yeah but Giroux doesn’t play on a line with Rookies. Marty does. Marty is more durable during games. Marty is arguably a better skater. Marty is a better leader. Marty plays RW. Marty has been the leader for Canada in scoring since 2010. Age? I figure you don’t know too much about Marty.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:26 AM

        Figure you don’t know much about Giroux, Giroux linemates have changed often and he is quite durable. I know plenty of marty st Louis I followed him when he was in Ahl on st john flames I just don’t whip out statements like you that hold no truth or make excuses, like playing with rookies. These two players are virtually the same except age.

      • pfhockey - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        I brought it up since you said Marty is getting old. Nearly everyone but you understand that it has affected MSL littlethis year so why would it affect him at Sochi. He’s better than 99% of this league and he’s 38.

    • thephillyfanclub - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:13 AM

      Agreed with jbink and correction, Giroux has more points than anyone in the NHL since before christmas, Dec. 11th to be exact, so this was obviously an act of Stevie Y keeping the piece with his star player, Giroux and Marty should have made it over more than half of the players on the roster as is, Duchene hasn’t scored a goal in 22 games for cryin out loud, and don’t even get me started on Carter, Nash, and Kunitz. Kunitz is a very good hockey player, but in all reality his points are extremely inflated because of his line mate. It is absolutely absurd that neither of these guys were on the original roster especially considering there point production since Vancouver’s olympics, number 1 and 2 in the league in points, Stevie Y should be embarrassed, are you going to sit here and tell me that Rick Nash and Jeff Carter play the game with more passion than Giroux or St. Louis, God NO.

      • thephillyfanclub - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:27 AM

        The Only guys on Canada’s team that you take over G or Marty hands down are Crosby, Tavares, Toews, and Stamkos, possibly Perry and Getzlaf. Other than that G and Marty should have made it over the rest of those guys. You could say Bergeron as well with his unmatched 2 way game. Also consider Giroux started the year injured and couldnt get any power on his shot or stick handling ability, 7 points in the first 15 games without a goal, if he had started the year healthy, he would have been right up there with the league leaders with points probably right there with Getzlaf and Tavares. And if I I have to here one more ignoramus mention that Giroux didn’t make it to camp I’ll probably go postal, HE WAS INJURED

      • moarjam - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        You guys need to get over it. Why do you philly fans even care? I’d say 99% of you will be rooting for USA come next week.

      • killerpgh - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Phillyfanclub – look at the list of players even you said should make the team over Giroux. Then look at their natural position they play. How many Center do you think a team need? Because you listed 5 (6 with Stamkos) already that are more deserving than Giroux.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        @killer–Giroux more than capable of playing wing he started at wing didn’t move to center until Carter Richards trade. Talking about Olympic athletes here im sure switch to wing wouldn’t be to difficult for Giroux.

    • kastout11 - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      No comparison, Giroux has more points than anyone in the NHL since the Team Canada snub.

  11. tss29 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Easy decision to pick St. Louis over Giroux. Canada already has 5 really good centers (Crosby, Toews, Tavares, Getzlaf, Bergeron), they needed a winger.

    • barkar942 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      Come on, tss29- you are not supposed to use a logical reason that they picked St Louis over Giroux.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        If they were going strictly winger Id have taken NEAL.

  12. cspsrbums - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    They went winger they didn’t need another center. Neal is not even close to St Louise right now Marty is on top of his game over both Giroux and Neal

    • hockeyfan28 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      As he should its kinda funny after next year the two biggest All Star snubs Claude Giroux and Bobby Ryan will probably be teammates

  13. mp1131211 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    HAHAHAHA! I see that the delusion starts from the highest levels of this sorry organization. That explains a lot.

  14. podevil - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    The big difference between Giroux and St. Louis is that St Louis has heart. He plays the game. Giroux is a crybaby, and a cherry picker… You can make all the excuses you want for Giroux, but I would take St. Louis over him anytime. Giroux is just another one dimensional player…

    • kastout11 - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Ignorant comment by someone who knows nothing about hockey. Calling him a crybaby does not even warrant a comment. Giroux is the far from a cherry picker and is one of their better penalty killing forwards. Clearly not a one dimensional player. Podevil, you are stupid.

      • podevil - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        “Clearly” not a one dimensional player? Now who is stupid?

      • ibieiniid - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        a man who calls Giroux “one dimensional” is no doubt the stupid one. just because all the G and Flyers haters are on here throwing thumbs around doesn’t mean you’re right.

  15. har21441 - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    LOL giroux

  16. kastout11 - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    I agree that the break comes at a time when the Flyers are probably playing their best hockey of the season, so the timing stinks. Yet Snider then complains that Giroux was not selected. I also agree that Giroux should be on that team. If not for his injury during the first month of the season, he would be going to Sochi on Sunday. Over the last 2 months, with the exception of Crosby, he has been the best player in the league.

  17. digbysellers - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    This just in…grumpy old man who’s never laced up a pair of skates in a competitive hockey game in his life questions Yzerman, Babcock, and the rest of the staff. Seems to me they might know a bit more about what TC needs instead of a loudmouth who spends most of his time in California anyway. We get it Eddy, you have to boo-hoo about your guy not being picked, but you look like a dumba$$ questioning people who have forgotten more about hockey than you ever knew anyway. Opening up your checkbook to buy/own a team gives you the right to say what you want, but that certainly doesn’t mean the people who matter have to give a crap.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Obviously you don’t follow team Canada or the the men assembling, or even the people who cover it because TSN reported that Stevie Y went against all other management and selected MSL himself bc the other managers and officemen and Babcock wanted either G or Staal. So to that I say get informed before you make statements that ARE LIESSSSS

      • digbysellers - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        You proved my point pal…and FYI I damn well know what I’m talking about…Yzerman (calling him Stevie Y reeks of a fool trying to sound like he knows his nickname so congrats on that) picked St.Louis, I don’t care over who or without asking whom…he picked him…he knows more about hockey than you, me, and sure as all hell old man river in Philadelphia. Back to the drawing board for you.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Didn’t prove your point at all shows he was bias and took his own guy, when the rest of the management for Canada didn’t follow their heart rather their mind and wanted to take the player that would be best for team, not the player whos feelings he didn’t want to hurt bc he the Gm of the Nhl team hes on. Think what you want. and yes I know his nickname and its a lot easier to right than Yzerman. No need for drawing board because when you need to to result to name calling, makes me realize the person im speaking with doesn’t know much, and isn’t worth my time. Take Care Pal

      • digbysellers - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        You’re right, I do name call…you’re a moron and clearly a boo hoo whining Flyers fan. There are enough of them in this city…I live there chief. We’re tired of people like you. Please go spend the rest of your days in Eddy Sniders guestroom and don’t come back.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Lol you are mental midget, who wouldn’t know hockey if it was written on your face. Your post are embarrassing to read, and people like you are exactly the type of people that give Philadelphia Fans a bad wrap. Can chief me all you want I to have live In city for the 29 years iv lived. You may also want to practice reading because far from whined, and I actually look things up and don’t whip them out my a** like you. Im sure you are the twinkle in your moms eye, and enjoyed taking the short bus to school, take care of yourself, and next time grown ups are speaking raise your maybe we will get to you.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Both of you probably wear figure skates!

  18. hockeydon10 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Honestly, if I were an owner I’d be thrilled that my guy didn’t get picked. Quietly thrilled to be accurate. A healthy and rested team is quite important for the playoff push.

  19. eagles512 - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    He’s right but dumb to publicly say it.

  20. jimeejohnson - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Two words: cheese steak.

  21. cspsrbums - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    He is an idiot anyway

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