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Flyers' Giroux not out to make friends

Thursday, 09.08.2011 / 4:00 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / 2011 Player Media Tour

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Flyers' Giroux not out to make friends
In the days of the Original Six, players from opposing teams almost never fraternized with each other. Nowadays, with free agency and players from multiple teams sharing the same agents or offseason trainers, it's common to see guys from multiple teams socializing.

That carries over to events like this week's Player Media Tour, where guys from multiple teams are spending two days in New York and Newark. It's a pretty lighthearted event, and the guys are pretty relaxed.

Most are like Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk, who told NHL.com that he's enjoying getting to meet some guys he's known only from watching on TV or playing against them.

However, his Flyers teammate Claude Giroux isn't up for making friends in New York. He's more of a subscriber to the olden days.

"It's kind of cool," Giroux told NHL.com of spending time with the opposing players, "but at the same time I play against them and don't really like all of them. I guess it's part of the game, you have to go with it. I think when you're on the ice you're not there to make friends."
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