Claude Giroux (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux will reportedly go under the knife next week to repair a left hip injury, as well as a sports hernia. Giroux, 28, has reportedly been dogged by the injury all season, which could help explain why he had arguably his worst season since his sophomore year.
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.
The good news for Flyers fans, though, is the eight-week timeline for return would mean Giroux would be able to get back into game shape well before the regular season began. If he does, indeed, have the operation next week, he could be back by July. That would also allow him time to prepare for the World Cup, which begins in mid-September. That is, if he’s named to Canada’s World Cup roster at all.
Giroux, who played for Canada at last season’s World Championship, wasn’t named to the 16-player preliminary roster, and some believe his performance in both the regular season and playoffs could be enough to keep him off the team. It’s impossible to say how much the injuries factored into Giroux’s difficult year, but it was the worst campaign Giroux has had in the past several seasons, to be sure.
Giroux posted 22 goals and 67 points in 78 games this season, and the .86 points per game is the lowest rate of scoring Giroux has had since the 2009-10 regular season. Prior to this season, Giroux had scored 119 goals and 376 points in 370 games — a 1.02 points per game rate — between 2010-11 and 2014-15. Giroux’s output in 2015-16 was the worst performance since his sophomore campaign, but at least that 16-goal, 47-point season was followed up by an awesome 10-goal, 21-point playoffs. That wasn’t the case this year.
While it’s never great news when a team’s star has to go in for off-season repairs, Giroux electing for the surgery could be the best long-term decision for him. CSNPhilly.com reported the injury had been undergoing treatments in order to avoid the surgery, but the ailments were “nagging him all season.”
Giroux is about to enter the third season of an eight-year, $66.2-million contract, and if this surgery gets him back to full strength for the 2016-17 campaign, that’s fantastic news for the Flyers.