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.
So will Giroux be named to Team Canada now?
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.
Now, in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Crosby says he finds Giroux’s complaints laughable because of the way the Flyers play hockey.
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]
The Flyers star seems to be enjoying his elongated offseason. Over the weekend he was spotted playing Cornhole at the North Shore Swim Club. Now, it looks like he’s been on quite the stretch of beer pong-filled evenings. And he’s doing it all with casts on both wrists. Now that’s dedication. Dry Island be damned. [Crossing Broad]