Flyers captain Claude Giroux had an underwhelming playoff performance, registering just one assist as Philadelphia was sent packing in six games by the Washington Capitals. The belief was Giroux’s lack of production was due to an injury, and though he denied he was facing any major complications, it appears he wasn’t quite being truthful.
CSNPhilly.com’s Jordan Hall and Tim Panaccio reported Thursday morning Giroux, 28, is considering going under the knife to fix a left hip injury, as well as repair a sports hernia. The recovery would cost Giroux as much as eight weeks of training time in the off-season, and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Giroux’s surgery could come as early as next week.
Had it not been for Giroux’s almost unbelievable struggle in the post-season, there may not have been as many questions about his health. However, it’s far from surprising that Giroux was battling injuries in the playoffs. Read more
The Stars’ season is on the line Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues, but even with Tyler Seguin once again taking part in practice, Dallas is going to have to try to keep their playoff run alive without the star winger.
Seguin has missed all but one of the Stars’ 22 games — his only reprieve from injury coming in Game 2 against the Minnesota Wild on April 16 — but Dallas got some seemingly great news when the 24-year-old took part in Tuesday’s skate. However, following practice, Stars coach Lindy Ruff delivered the bad news. While Seguin is able to take part in practice and has been “ramping up” his skating, according to Ruff, he’s not quite ready for game action. And that includes Game 7.
“He’s not available to play right now,” Ruff said Tuesday. “I’m not going to try to deceive you at all. He’s not ready to play yet. He’s just hit his next step on the way back again. He’s closer than he was a couple days ago.” Read more
The Stars held off the St. Louis Blues in Monday’s Game 6 to push their second-round series to a seventh and deciding game, and Dallas did so without the services of veteran winger Travis Moen.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff addressed Moen’s absence from the lineup following Game 6, and the outlook didn’t sound good for the 34-year-old winger. Ruff said Moen won’t be available for Game 7 on Wednesday night, and even if the Stars take the seventh game and move on to the Western Conference final, Ruff said Moen won’t be back.
“He got injured in the game at home,” Ruff said. “He’s done for the playoffs.” Read more
The Dallas Stars have their backs against the wall heading into Monday’s Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues, but the Stars will have to attempt to keep their season alive without the services of star winger Tyler Seguin.
Meeting with media Sunday, Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Seguin won’t even make the trip to St. Louis, so any hope Dallas might have had for seeing their second-best offensive threat take the ice in Game 6 is extremely thin. In previewing the contest, the Stars website listed Seguin as out.
Seguin, 24, has only suited up once in the past 21 games for Dallas after suffering a 15 percent cut of his Achilles tendon less than a month before the start of the post-season. Seguin’s one game, which came almost a month to the day after his March 17 injury, saw him skate 15:40 against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of the first-round series. He hasn’t been back in the lineup since. Read more
BROOKLYN – Veteran Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle, who missed Games 2 and 3 of his team’s second-round playoff series, will likely draw back into the lineup tonight for Game 4 against the New York Islanders.
Carle, who is out with an undisclosed injury – because all injuries are undisclosed in the playoffs – took part in the Lightning’s morning skate and was one of the first players off the ice after skating for about 30 minutes. That’s usually a telltale sign a player is ready to go, though Carle described himself as a game-time decision.
The Chicago Blackhawks aren’t used to early off-seasons, but it might be what’s best for center Artem Anisimov and his chance to help the club get back into Stanley Cup contention in 2016-17.
The Blackhawks announced that Anisimov, 27, has undergone surgery to repair a right wrist injury, and the Russian pivot won’t be able to return to action for at least six weeks, but could miss up to two months. The off-season will provide him the time to recover and rehab the injury, but it’s cost Anisimov his chance to suit up for Russia at the World Championship, which opens May 6. Read more
Boston struggled down the home stretch and fell three points short of landing themselves a post-season berth, but the extended off-season might pay dividends for three key members of their roster. The Bruins announced Tuesday that Torey Krug, David Krejci and Matt Beleskey have all undergone off-season surgeries that will keep them out of action for significant periods of time.
Beleskey, 27, will see the shortest recovery time with only six weeks needed for him to get back to action. He had surgery to repair his left hand in mid-April, and the timeline for recovery will give the first-year Bruin more than enough time to get healthy in time for the regular season. In his first campaign with Boston after signing a five-year, $19-million deal, Beleskey netted 15 goals and 37 points.
The more worrisome injuries, though, are those to Krug and Krejci, who are expected to miss six and five months, respectively. Read more
The Islanders went into Tampa Bay and shocked the Lightning in Game 1 en route to splitting the first two games of the second-round series, and as the series shifts to Brooklyn for Games 3 and 4, New York could be in line to get a boost to the depth their lineup.
Josh Bailey and Ryan Pulock missed the first two games of the series with upper-body injuries that were sustained in the final games of the first-round matchup against the Florida Panthers. However, both took part in practices ahead of Game 3, and it appears Bailey and Pulock could be prepared to suit up for Tuesday night’s tilt.
Bailey, 26, is an especially good addition to the lineup, as he chipped in 12 goals and 32 points during the regular season and gives New York an option lower in the lineup that can potentially produce when the Islanders need it. Most of the club’s offense this post-season has run through John Tavares and Kyle Okposo — the pair has combined for 18 points — and while Bailey struggled down the stretch and has only managed one assist during these playoffs, his return could give a boost to the second and third lines.
“I felt good the last few days, been progressing where I need to be,” Bailey told Newsday’s Arthur Staple. “See how it is tomorrow, but as long as I keep feeling the same way, should be good.” Read more