Giroux out for Tuesday

Let the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth begin.

New media darling Claude Giroux will not be with the Flyers for Tuesday’s important road test in Washington against the Capitals due to his “upper-body” injury suffered at the end of the second period of Saturday’s win over Tampa Bay.

“Claude is continuing to feel better,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said in a Monday press conference. “He will not travel with the team today and will be seen by our doctor again tomorrow.”

As it stands now, there is no timetable for Giroux to return to the ice, and not even the stand-by “day-to-day” which has applied to these situations in the past was uttered by anyone in the front office.

Still, a whole paragraph’s worth of updating is better than Holmgren’s Sunday missive, which consisted of this one line:Claude felt better this morning. He will be evaluated again tomorrow morning.”

And meanwhile, 300 miles to the West, Sidney Crosby is out in front of the media addressing his own situation, with a pile of quotes that are an accurate indicator of just where he stands…

The 23-year-old Giroux leads the NHL in scoring with 39 points.