Claude Giroux didn't want to use the word "angry" to describe his mood this summer. "Motivated" was one he liked much better.
Giroux, who will enter his second season as captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, said he is motivated to make amends for a disappointing 2012-13 season, when the team missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time since 1994.
"That's more of a good word, motivated," Giroux told NHL.com. "We want to prove something."
They'll be looking to prove last season's 10th-place finish in the Eastern Conference was a one-season anomaly rather than the start of a downturn for a franchise that won at least one playoff series each of the previous three years.