Say what you will from a personnel standpoint, but the 2013 offseason for the Philadelphia Flyers is such that you have to wonder what larger force at work is telling us that the unexpected always cuts both ways.
Late Thursday night, word filtered down from Canada’s capital region that center, captain and star Claude Giroux suffered a freak injury while playing golf and had to undergo surgery to correct the problem.
Multiple sources from major outlets in the region indicated that Giroux suffered cuts and lacerations to the tendon in his right index finger when a golf club he was using suddenly splintered. He was set to enter a tournament sponsored by the Ottawa Sun on Friday but was obviously forced to withdraw.
Club GM Paul Holmgren issued the following statement:
“Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux had successful surgery this afternoon on his right index finger performed by Dr. Katherine Boyd at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. Giroux was golfing today when his golf club shattered and splintered into his index finger. Although there were no broken bones, there was some damage to his extensor tendons in his finger. He is expected to have a full recovery in 5-6 weeks.”
There seems to be some mysterious healing power within the organization that would indicate Giroux will be deemed fit to play before the early portion of the deadline elapses. The season opens on October 2 at home against Toronto, which is 47 days (6 1/2 weeks) from now.
Despite the unexpected additions of Vinny Lecavalier and Mark Streit, plus the return of Ray Emery, the bookending of Jake Voracek’s serious car accident from May and the Giroux mishap in August may create some lingering psychic doubt as to the success of the upcoming season.
As a sign of tremendous faith, the Flyers inked Giroux to an eight-year contract extension back in July.