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Giroux didn’t have hope for Team Canada, because he ‘didn’t want to be disappointed again’

Feb 6, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT

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Flyers captain Claude Giroux was passed over for Team Canada for a second time on Thursday — the spot vacated by Steve Stamkos‘ injury went to Martin St. Louis — but to hear Giroux explain it, he never even allowed himself to think he was in the running.

“I didn’t give myself hope,” Giroux said, per the Courier-Post. “I didn’t want to be disappointed again.”

Giroux, 26, was clearly disappointed after his name wasn’t called during the original Team Canada roster announcement on Jan. 7. He was one of the most notable forwards left off the list — along with St. Louis, Joe Thornton, Eric Staal and James Neal — and told CSN Philly it was tough hearing the news.

“I’m disappointed but not upset or mad. It’s tough, tough today,” he explained. “In my mind I wanted to make the team. Like I said, it is disappointing.”

Giroux was thought to be on a shortlist to replace Stamkos and, based on his play of late, figured to garner heavy consideration for a spot in Sochi. Giroux has 17 points in 15 games since being left off and has played some tremendous hockey over the last two months. According to CSN Philly, no player in the NHL has more points than Giroux (30) since Dec. 17.

In the end, though, Hockey Canada opted for a more veteran presence with international experience. St. Louis represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin and was on the stand-by list for the ’10 games in Vancouver. St. Louis also has a rather unique relationship with Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman, who serves as the GM in Tampa and was under heavy scrutiny after leaving St. Louis off the Canadian team on Jan. 7.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    I wonder if the committee is erked that G missed the mini-camp orientation. It has be frustrating but I don’t think the non-selection is an indictment on Giroux’s ability to play the game.

  2. alexcolesays - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    If he didn’t play like a chump at the beginning of the year he wouldn’t have anything to cry about.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      How exactly is saying hes disappointed crying? 99% of NHLers wanna represent their home countries and G is an elite player.

      • alexcolesays - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Calm down homer.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Don’t think hes a homer rather just commenting on your misguided statement. Giroux was far from a chump beginning year, he rather was coming back from freak injury on his hand. So playing hurt and playing like a chump two different things, also he hasn’t cried once being disappointed, and crying two different things you may want to look that up. Im glad Stevie Y chose St. Louis, G will get the rest, he has most points in NHL since Christsmas, hopefully he plays with Chip for rest of year.

      • alexcolesays - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        “I didn’t give myself hope,” Thats pathetic. Considering he was one of the first to respond to NOT making the team im sure he made a ‘to-do’ about it. Despite injury a ‘elite’ player still finds ways to produce for his team if he’s going to even bother being in the lineup.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        Why would one give themselves hope? He was up against a player whos current employer and who pays him also picks Team Canada, would you have much hope? Also im not sure saying he didn’t have much hope is crying rather he was just pesemistic. Crying would be I don’t have much hope because I know the Gm from Tampa was going to pick his guy regardless, of what I done.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      The stupidity is strong with this one.

  3. mountainmantride - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    you know that Crosby has a big role in calling the shots on which players are on the team. And you know Crosby doesn’t like Giroux. As long as Crosby’s on Team Canada Claude will not be. Unfortunately.

    • theageofquarrel - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      Nice conspiracy theory

    • hockey412 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      You REALLY think Yzerman is going to pick the players to represent his country based on what another player thinks? Yzerman was one hell of a HOCKEY PLAYER. He’s in the HOF. No way he listens to Crosby. “Blaming” Crosby for G being left out is a cop-out.

      There are other good reasons why he was left off – could be that he volunteered to miss orientation, which was obviously important to the GM’s, for no good reason…could be his hot and cold play, could be the horrible way he started the season and the ‘eh’ way he played last year…could be that they have enough playmakers and need someone on wing to SHOOT. Could also be that they needed a wing.

      But NOPE. All Crosby’s fault.

      • miketoasty - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Also, Crosby wants to win, no matter how much he hated any player I would never see him taking or picking a player over a better player because of personal feelings.

    • getinthefastlane - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      If you are going to be that big of a baby about it, I hope your theory is correct. It would make me so happy knowing that the Pens and Team Canada Captain told Yzerman to keep the Philly Captain off of the roster. It would make me even more happy to know that this is the last Olympics in which NHL players can participate. That would mean Crosby kept Giroux out of the Olympics for his entire career. It would make me even MORE happy to see Canada medal because that would be one more thing that the Pens Captain has over your Philly Captain. Man wouldn’t that be great. Let that sink in.

      Thanks for making my day with your original comment.

    • Tyler - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      You mean the same Crosby that double checked with Jonathan Toews to make sure he was okay with with Sid being named captain of the Canadian team?

      Nice try..

  4. kastout11 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Disappointed for G, but happy for St. Louis. He is an older player and this is likely his last shot for a gold medal. He was not on the 2010 team and Canada did not win gold when he was on the team in 2006. G will get his shot in 2014 and possibly 2018, although that is a long time to wait. Guess he will have to settle for competing for the Stanley Cup.

  5. sjsharks66 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I think it was either between G and St.Louis. I believe the right player was chosen but G would not have been a bad choice either!

  6. malkamania71 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    If anything it’s just going to drive him to play harder to prove himself

  7. chaseutley - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    I wish he was mad.

  8. chipclog - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    dissapointed for him personally but as a selfish Flyers fan I would rather have a healthy, rested, angry G for the rest of the seasom

  9. jpelle82 - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    kinda rough, being hopeless. disappointed is ok but hopeless screams intervention to me. suicide watch even. survivors have hope, the hopeless tend to roll over and die. not very captain-like speak. does that mean he secretly hopes the flyers don’t make the playoffs again, so he wont be disappointed if they lose? what a girl…

  10. eagles512 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    It’s joke he wasn’t picked originally.

  11. penguins87and71 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    I’m a huge Penguins fan and I don’t believe for minute that Crosby theory. If that is true however shame on Sidney Crosby, because Giroux deserves to be on team Canada. I think the only reason why ST.Louis got on Team Canada is because of Steve Yzerman.

  12. pitpenguinsrulez - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Flyers Blow! 1975!

  13. jcornella - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    He should have been chosen but it won’t matter. As long as Lou is in between the pipes they can’t win.

  14. everyonesuksbutme - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Break a leg there Marty!

  15. everyonesuksbutme - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Rest up Gee…your playoff run to the Cup starts in March

    • handsofsweed - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Considering the current standings, it kinda looks like his “playoff” run started a month ago. Better start running faster. The dogs are on that ass, Gee.

  16. har21441 - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    LOL giroux

  17. junterberger22 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    The guy is an above average player. He had one year that made his stats look good. St. Louis is a much better player.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      @JUNTERBERGER22– You my friend are delusional Giroux 26 Marty 38, when both careers are said and done, both will have similar stats. I have no problem with St Louis over Giroux but saying he is much better player is comical.

    • flyerspsu - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      you have to realize for the first few years Giroux was playing behind Richards, Carter and Briere and was the 3rd line center or winger and didnt have much PP time

      his breakout season was his 1st season he got top line minutes and 1st unit PP minutes which is when he put up a pretty remarkable 93 pts in 79 games and then arguably even more impressive 17 pts in 10 playoff games

      a lot of people dont realize the clutch factor that comes with Giroux, whenever the stakes are raised he rises to the next level, he has 55 points in 50 playoff games, thats pretty incredible

  18. jbink2585 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    St Louis .93 pts/game and Giroux .89pts/ game yes huge difference. Also not quite sure what one season you speak of that makes his stats look good. Last 5 years 47/76/93/48/on pace this year for 80 that seams pretty consistent on year to year basis.

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