Sep 30, 2014: Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) celebrates with goalie Ray Emery (29) after defeating the New York Rangers, 4-2, at Wells Fargo Center.
There is a bonus to being a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers. Like all Philadelphia sports teams, they equip you with the tools to deal with crushing disappointment. But it goes beyond that: Almost 40 years since the team last won a Stanley Cup, the Philadelphia Flyers are still considered pretty tough.
And this goes beyond the general stereotypes of hockey player toughness. The original “Broad Street Bullies” moniker has stuck with the team in the four decades since the Flyers won a pair of Stanley Cups in their seventh and eighth seasons. And why not? The Flyers are still known as a team that values brawn as much as brain, that hits hard and doesn’t make apologies for it. Even articles defending them for not being dirty note their high number of penalty minutes.
And this is, well, kind of cool. Kind of stupid, too: One could make a convincing argument the Flyers have relied too much on brawn since their last Stanley Cup, which has kept the team from winning another. But, if you’re not going to win a championship, at least you can have this.
The Sixers are a joke. The Eagles haven’t won since 1960. The Phillies — despite being named part of baseball’s new power triumvirate just a few years ago — are the laughingstock of the league. The Flyers? Well, at least they’re tough.
The first Flyers practice of the season started today. Hooray! The team’s best player got hurt 15 minutes in. Oh no!
Before anyone could even get excited for the start of Flyers season, Claude Giroux left the ice with what was officially deemed a “lower body injury.” (This is how hockey reports injuries.)
But it appears Giroux injured his groin. “First day of camp and guys go 100 miles an hour — things happen,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told reporters. “Obviously, that’s not the way you want to start, but that’s the hand we’re dealt and we’ll deal with it.”
Does Claude Giroux care that he’ll be close to Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon, who live at 1706, now that he bought a penthouse unit at 10 Rittenhouse? Do the Phillies and the Flyers guys hang out? (In fact, does anyone hang out with Jonathan Papelbon?)
Well, no matter. He has plenty of other bigwigs to hang with at 10 Rittenhouse, as the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni — the Brenda Starr of real estate reporting — revealed today. Last year, Property’s Shannon Rooney and Laura Kicey took a look at the penthouses in progress, and some of these photos are those being used to market the 29th-floor units, one of which Giroux bought for $2.2 million or thereabouts. Thus, we can assume the photos below represent the way Claude Giroux will now live:
AP reports that Giroux is now a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award — the most outstanding player in the NHL, as voted on by the other players. The other finalists are Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks.
The three are also finalists for the Hart Trophy, given to the player deemed most valuable to his team.
Giroux ended the 2013-14 season with 28 goals and 58 assists.
After giving fans hope with a 2-1 win over the Rangers on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers went back to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 and were never really in it. The Flyers fell into a 3-0 hole 36:20 into the game and lost, 4-2. They now trail the series, 3 games to 2, and are one game away from elimination.
The Flyers say the series is not over, sometimes directly (“This series is definitely not over,” goalie Steve Mason says). They’re right! The Flyers play again Tuesday in South Philadelphia; it would be embarrassing if the players thought the team were already eliminated and forgot to show up for the game. But it sure looks like it might be over soon: The Flyers have been outplayed for most of the series, and are lucky they weren’t eliminated in five or even four games.
Feb 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the third period of game at Staples Center. Philadelphia Flyers won 2-0. Photo | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Wednesday afternoon the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that star sniper Steven Stamkos would not participate in the Winter Olympics for Team Canada. His horrificly fractured leg has not healed enough for him to be cleared to play. So the immediate speculation is who will replace the two-time NHL goal-scoring leader.
When the Canadian Olympic hockey team was announced in early January, Flyers captain Claude Giroux was not named to the roster. Giroux had been off to a slow start, but has picked things up significantly in the last month. Also not named to the team in early January was Stamkos’ teammate Martin St. Louis.
Flyers forward Claude Giroux (remember him?) is playing hockey in Germany because the NHL and the NHLPA can’t get their collective act together to save the 2012-2013 season. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, though, we can still check out what Claude Giroux has been up to. Like scoring goals, dishing assists, and singing “Gangnam Style” in a flashy pink sweater covered in advertisements. Click ahead if you’re just trying to hear him sing, “Heeeeeeeey, sexy ladies.” [Broad Street Hockey]
Sidney Crosby—The Second Coming Pens forward that Philly loves to hate—recently responded to some comments made by Claude Giroux about the playoff series between Pittsburgh and Philly. In a brutal series, Claude Giroux started off Game 6 with what is now known in town as, “The Shift.” He asked to start, leveled Crosby and scored a goal in the opening 32 seconds of the contest. The Flyers went on to win and advance. During the offseason (which is still happening right now, for those keeping score at home), Giroux said that Crosby hacked his wrists during faceoffs throughout the series, which resulted in multiple surgeries for the Flyers forward.
I really like to win the faceoff. I don’t try to go after his wrists but if I caught it, I’m not sorry for it. I think it’s hilarious I hear that stuff from Philly. It’s comedy to me to be honest with you. They’re probably involved in that stuff more than any team in the league and they’re the ones always talking about it. I guess I’m not apologetic. I was trying to win a faceoff and if I caught his wrist, then I caught his wrist. He seemed to play okay so I couldn’t have hurt him that bad.
Could anything on Earth possibly heighten your lust for hockey season more than Crosby calling out “the best player in the world?” [The 700 Level]
The NHL has tallied the votes and announced that Claude Giroux moved past Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and into the finals of the tournament to determine which player will be featured on the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 13. Voting in the championship round runs until 11:59 p.m. ET on June 4. Claude Giroux is now matched up against Nashville’s goalie Pekka Rinne. The winner will be announced at the 2012 NHL Awards on June 20th. [NHL]