Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux hopes to be ready in time for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in September after having surgery this month to repair his right hip and torn bilateral lower abdominal.
"I feel pretty good," the center told the Flyers website Thursday. "It's been three weeks now and we've been doing a lot of rehab. Slowly biking and doing some cardio, so it's coming along pretty good."
Giroux was named as one of the final seven players to Team Canada's roster last month. The eight-team tournament will take place at Air Canada Centre in Toronto from Sept. 17 through Oct. 1.
"It's going to be great hockey," he said. "Also playing in Canada, it's going to be pretty intense. It's going to be that kind of experience you can learn from and move on as a player. You can mature out of that tournament just from the players you are playing with and also against. It's going to be a different style of play, but we're just going to have to adjust and enjoy it."
Giroux had 22 goals and 45 assists in 78 regular-season games and one assist in six games against the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He said opting for surgery was the right decision.
"Every game day [the trainers] did a good job of making sure I would be at my best and I think it's the right decision to do what I'm doing right now," Giroux said. "Everything is moving along very good right now and hopefully it will stay the same for the rest of the summer. ... It's definitely a different way to go through the summer, but like I said, I'm pretty excited for the season to start again."