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Report: Giroux to return for Flyers on Wednesday?

Tuesday, 12.20.2011 / 5:01 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / At the Rink blog

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Report: Giroux to return for Flyers on Wednesday?
Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux could return to the lineup Wednesday against the Dallas Stars.

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Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com wrote Tuesday that Giroux’s return from a concussion is “not 100 percent certain,” there were plenty of signs to suggest he could be back for Philadelphia after missing the past four games.

Giroux is tied for the League lead with 39 points, but hasn’t played since teammate Wayne Simmonds accidently kneed him in the back of the head during a game Dec. 10 against Tampa Bay.

“I don’t know [about playing Wednesday],” Giroux told Panaccio. “If you see me in warm-ups, that means I’m going to play.”

Added coach Peter Laviolette: “These decisions are way further than me with regard to whether a player is healthy and ready. That’s why we have a staff in place and conversations through the trainer, general manager, the doctors and everyone else.”

General manager Paul Holmgren also said Giroux has made “positive strides” and is now day-to-day in a statement about the injury.

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres