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Report: Flyers' Giroux says he'll be ready for opener

Wednesday, 09.04.2013 / 7:47 PM / News

NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux said Wednesday he should be able to start the NHL season after having surgery on his finger for an injury sustained in mid-August while golfing.

"I will be ready for the season, but I am not going to force it," the Flyers captain told CSN Philadelphia. "If I am healthy, I'm playing and I want to. I would like to get a [preseason] game in to get the feel for a game first."

Claude Giroux
Claude Giroux - 2012-13
Right Wing - PHI
GOALS: 13 | ASST: 35 | PTS: 48
SOG: 137 | +/-: -7
Giroux was injured Aug. 15 when his golf club broke, causing damage to tendons in his right index finger. The prognosis for a recovery time was 5-6 weeks.

"Lots of people don't believe my story, but that's what really happened," Giroux told Philly.com in an interview published Wednesday morning. "It was just a freaky thing."

Giroux said he used a pitching wedge for a shot from the fairway, hit the grass far behind the ball, and the club shattered.

"I've never seen it before," he said. "Usually you see a club break where the shaft is. This time, it broke in the grip just under my hand. I still don't understand how it happened ... but I have the club and I'm trying to find out."

The CSN report said Giroux skated Wednesday at Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. He is not allowed to use his hand for stick work, although he carried a stick during his skating drills. He had a doctor's appointment later in the day.

"All I can do now is get in game shape," he said. "It's obviously hard because you need to play a game, but it's a lot of start and stops. That's what I am doing."

The Flyers open training camp Sept. 12, start the preseason Sept. 15 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and end it Sept. 27 against the Washington Capitals. Giroux, 25, was invited but did not participate in Canada's Olympic orientation camp in late August.

The regular-season opener is Oct. 2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Giroux, who sustained a neck injury last season playing in Germany during the lockout, after having offseason surgery to repair ligaments in each wrist, has missed five NHL games since becoming a regular during the 2009-10 season. The forward had 13 goals and 48 points in 48 games last season. In 2011-12, he was third in the NHL in scoring with 93 points.

CSN also reported that defenseman Andrej Meszaros said he has not been cleared to play after having surgery April 2 to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game