UPDATE: Claude Giroux May Just Have Whiplash

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UPDATE 2: Holmgren was lying.

UPDATE: Paul Holmgren told reporters tonight at Ed Snider’s US Hockey Hall of Fame induction (golf claps) that Giroux has what appears to be whiplash. Some quotes via Tim Panaccio:

“He’s got a little whiplash going. He’s done the tests and his scores are OK. A concussion? I don’t know. I wouldn’t go that far just yet. Sometimes they come forward after a certain period of time. 

“He actually has issues with his neck right now.”


Once again, Homer is not exactly believable when it comes to injuries. Plus, Giroux was in a fender bender Saturday morning, according to the reader who sent in this picture. Sometimes car accidents cause whiplash, too… but now we're just speculating. The collision with Simmonds was pretty nasty.

Not good, my friends. Not good.

As expected, Claude Giroux did not practice today. He also won’t be traveling with the team (by train) to Washington D.C. for tomorrow night’s game against the Capitals.

Giroux will again see the doctor tomorrow, and while it’s possible he'll be cleared to play against the Caps, it’s highly doubtful that he will.

Unfortunately, the three players – besides Ilya Bryzgalov – who figured to be most key in replacing Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were Giroux, Chris Pronger and Brayden Schenn. Right now, all three of those guys have concussions, concussion-like symptoms or Paul Holmgren’s mystery ailment of the day. That’s not good, especially since these things can linger– Sidney Crosby, who just returned from his concussion, once again appears to be concussed (as much as we dislike him, no one wants to see one of the best players in the game have his career shortened by injury).

I’m fairly certain the way this used to work was as follows: player gets hit, sees stars– not birds, stars!

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… gets a smelling salt, puts some ice on it and returns to the game… because he’s a hockey player. Or football player.

In some parts of the world, that’s still how it’s done. 

Last week in an English Premier League soccer match, Stoke goaltender Thomas Sorensen was knocked out. He quickly sat up and returned to action. Five minutes later he began to sway like a Mortal Kombat character before he nearly collapsed (picture here) and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. Sorensen was able to “declare himself fit” (oh those Brits) to play this week against Tottenham.

Thankfully, that’s no longer how things are done over here in North America. Today, the Flyers issued this statement on Giroux*:


*Holmgren could be lying, so keep that in mind.

Considering the news on Crosby, let’s all take a deep breath with Giroux. The Flyers appear to be out in front of this one, but given their approach to disclosing injuries, we’re not going to know anything until Giroux gets all dirty on the ice again. Which could be Thursday in Montreal… or ???

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27 Responses

  1. As much as we all hate Crosby, I’ve been so looking forward to the Flyers beating him in a playoff series with him playing his best. Looks like we may never get that opportunity, as I don’t think he’ll ever be the same player. It’s a shame, but at least we are getting better with diagnosing the concussion and hopefully the parade of retired athletes committing suicide due to brain injury will decline. HOPEFULLY.
    Rest Giroux until friggin April, I don’t care. I just want him to be healthy.

  2. How is the update “not good”??? He’ll probably miss these 2 road games as expected because they’re, you know, road games and will be back for the Boston game in Philly on saturday.
    Quit it with the bullshit sensationalism reporting.

  3. Do you remember when you complained and whined about how awful the Jeff Carter and Mike Richards trades were? I guess there is a person who knows less about hockey than Howard Eskin.

  4. I don’t think Crosby and G injuries are even comparable at this point.
    Sure, G got an unexpected hard shot to his head, and he’s probably rattled a bit – perhaps even a tad concussed. A tad.
    Crosby got LEVELED by a guy’s shoulder going about 1500 mph as his head swiveled directly into it. He had to be helped off the ice with medics.
    Probably smart to sit G a few games, keep expectations even and make sure he’s 100% – we cannot afford to lose him.
    But to compare this with Crosby’s injury is a bit much – Crosby was out almost a full year, everyone knew he would be out a while with that and he’s still not 100%. The magnitude of the hits is just too different.
    Could just be me hoping all this, though. Homer is no help with his intentionally evasive updates.

  5. Since good would have been: “he doesn’t have a concussion and practiced today,” i’d say this certainly falls under “not good.” hockey players don’t miss road games because they’re “ya know, road games,” fresh. so get a clue, or, really, don’t read.

  6. It’s naive to think that Giroux didn’t have a concussion.
    Everything that has happened since he was kneed in the head indicates that he had a concussion (he was held out of the game, practice and didn’t talk to the media). A concussion is a quasi-medical term for a brain injury, not some strictly defined condition. The Flyers say he has a head injury (unless he fractured his skull, it’s a brain injury).
    If Holmgren had any integrity, he would say–yes, we believe Giroux had a concussion. We’ll monitor the situation closely and follow the league’s guidelines appropriately. I think Holmgren took a few too many hockey pucks to the head. Why the media doesn’t just print he had a concussion–I don’t know, but the media didn’t report on Sandusky when he was under grand jury investigation, either.

  7. Ive taken harder shots to the head than that in hockey before. Sure you are woozy when it happens, and may be mildly concussed…but I dont think this will end up being a Primeau, Lindros, or Crosby situation.

  8. I hate that everything is a concussion, or concussion-like symptoms, now. I’ll bet 90% of these aren’t even worth missing a game for. I’m not a professional, I don’t know, but even up until like 10 years ago – concussions were not this quickly and emphatically diagnosed. It’s one thing to take precaution and another to make something out of nothing. That said, I am a Flyers fan, and want G to be better as quick as possible. I don’t think it’s anything serious and I think it is more these harsh precautions they are forced to take that is keeping him out, rather than the actual injury.

  9. MM and WolfPack… you guys serious? Guess what else has happened in the last 10 years… we learned what the long term effects of having your “bell rung” is. And they aren’t good. I wasn’t joking with the athletes killing themselves because of brain injury… another one is in the news every 2-3 months.
    The shit is serious. And it’s easy to hide behind a keyboard and say these guys should be tougher or that the teams are being too cautious. But a brain injury isn’t like a broken arm or torn hamstring. Those things heal on a reliable timetable and even if they linger for the rest of their lives, at least the athlete can still think clearly and live a good life. Concussions can fuck them up forever. A game, as serious as we take it, is not worth that.

  10. I really hope Holmgren is not lying about the extent of Giroux’s injury. I’m praying we dont have another Pronger situation on our hands.

  11. not that i didn’t believe you already but it really was Giroux in the pic of the car accident. Matt Carle said in a podcast today that he ran into some lady on his way to a pregame meal. So along with his injury, he no longer has a car.

  12. Screw Crosby. I personally don’t care if he ever plays again. i’ll never forget those Pittsburgh fans cheering as a clearly concussed and hurt Lindros struggled to get up after his concussion on that dirty hit by Kasparitis. No more crosby? serves em right.

  13. “Quit it with the bullshit sensationalism reporting.”
    Posted by: fresh | December 12, 2011 at 03:18 PM
    Aye, but Slappy Boyo has to be the Chicken Little of Philadelphia sports or he won’t get the traffic to his site.
    Ahwell, at least we know he already used the flap on his hoodie-footie for twinks to clean his cunt after he finished this entry.
    I’m gonna propose that we all collectiveley medittate throughout the day tomorrow to put out a positive vibe for Giroux to absorb while he visits the docs for him to be instantly healed. I know it works because I was a test subject volunteer for Project MKULTRA/MKSEARCH back in the day. It was the real-life basis behind The Men Who Stare At Goats—Google it. And look how I turned-out. Aye, I may have some fizzickle defects now but I’ve outlived all the fuckers who used to give me hell throughout me life. And I’ll outlive all those fucking imposterering posters who make a lame-arse attempt at trying to me, but they can’t, because they’re boy-buggering wankers. Take that, fuckers!

    The Real IBMcG—Often imposterered, never outclassed.

  14. Don’t worry, Simmonds’ knee is as soft as a goose-down pillow compared to my iron schlong:

    If Giroux had hit me there instead of Simmonds’ knee, we might all be in mourning right now.
    “You can’t beat Iron Schlong McSweeney!”

  15. My bad. I don’t want to make it seem like Giroux would want to hit my iron schlong. That would be a libelous statement and I don’t want the possibility of Kyle getting into trouble. What I meant to say if my iron schlong might have ran into the head of Giroux instead of Simmond’s knee running into his head, we might all be in mourning right now. Sometimes my iron schlong can be a curse. Sad but true.

  16. some fizzickle defects now but I’ve outlived all the fuckers who used to give me hell throughout me life. And I’ll outlive all those fucking imposterering posters who make a lame-arse attempt at trying to

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