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Sidney Crosby Won’t Apologize for Breaking Claude Giroux’s Wrist

Kyle Scott - October 17, 2012

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One thing I miss about hockey is the sound Sidney Crosby’s whines. There’s something about a baby crying that, while annoying, makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s cute, cuddly… and let’s you know that your hockey team probably just dominated his.

Crosby spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about a myriad things. If you feel like reading the equivalent of a rectal examine, then I’d highly suggest you check this out. If not, don’t fret, because I did the dirty work for you.

Sid was asked about Claude Giroux’s punishing blow in Game 6 of their first round series and about Giroux’s claim that Crosby broke his wrist on faceoffs during the series:

The primary highlight from last season’s playoff series between the Penguins and Flyers was Claude Giroux’s hit against you in Game 6. How much have you thought about that series and that hit this past summer?

"It was a clean hit. I don’t think I would have really changed anything. Do you like putting yourself in that position? No. The odds of a guy making a hit like that at home and then having the puck end up on his stick two seconds later and scoring a goal…. That probably is the whole series in a nutshell. The series could have been over, we could have not had to play that game if we would have won the first two (games). It might not have even gotten to that point. We learned a pretty good lesson there hopefully. We didn’t execute. We lost leads. We did everything possible to lose. We let in a lot of goals. Weren’t good defensively. The only thing that really came out of that was our power play was pretty good. But that’s not usually what wins you games. We got a pretty good lesson and we’ve got to learn from it.” 

During the offseason, Giroux claimed you broke his wrists while taking faceoffs. Do you recall any plays where that might have happened?

”No. 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.”


God I miss hockey.

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Signs of a Lockout: Claude Giroux and Danny Briere Met with the German Media Today, Their New Teammate Says They’re Better Than They are in Video Games

Kyle Scott - October 9, 2012

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This should hurt you.

Today Claude Giroux and his bromantastical buddy Danny Briere met with the German media in Berlin as they prepare for their first game in the Bundesliga, on Friday, with the Ice Bears. Roar! If G and Danny thought Tim Panaccio and his colleagues were tough, I can’t imagine what was going through their heads as reporters hurled questions at them in German. 

As you can see, Giroux looked anything but happy to be relegated to Germany and playing in a league he probably never heard of until last week. But Briere, who played in Switzerland during the last lockout, was much more verbose and genuinely seemed excited for the opportunity to play hockey overseas (and to use Giroux as his younger and better-looking sidekick to absolutely geslechtsverkehr broad-shouldered German beauties*).

They said that they researched leagues and talked to people before eventually coming to the conclusion that Germany would be the best fit. Briere mentioned how nice (and large) the team’s practice facility was, stopping just short of saying that it was better than the Flyers’ (really, he was this close to sticking that foot in his mouth). Giroux said that he watched video of the Ice Bears’ fans on YouTube (this one?) and thought they would be just as intense as Philly fans. Right. Sadly, G and Danny’s coach interrupted and answered in German before either could answer a question asking if they were going to live together in Germany.

But the best lines of the day didn't come from neither Giroux nor Briere. The pair’s new teammate, Daniel Weiss, said, “They’re better in real life than what they are in NHL 13 on PlayStation." And when the team's coach talked about Giroux's request to play on the power play: "We figured we might be able to find some place in there for him."

I call bullshit on that NHL 13 claim– G is an absolute force in the game and the beneficiary of the cover bump. That’s not to take anything away from him, but saying he’s better in real life would be like saying Milan Hejduk was every bit as good as late 1990s and early 2000s iterations of hockey video games made him out to be (he’s easily one of the all-time best video game athletes ever, but gets little credit for it).

Anyway, there you have it– Giroux and Briere, playing together for some bullshit German hockey team. Thanks, Gary Bettman, you absolute mismanaging sack of shit.

*I’ve been to five European countries: England, France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. I can tell you that as someone who is 50% Italian and grew up mostly idolizing everything about the culture (food, language– not the fake tans and blowouts), I was extremely disappointed in the Italian women when I was there. And I was in Milan! Ditto for the Brits (oh God, ditto). But the German women were surprising attractive despite their strong jaws and Jessica Biel shoulders. So, if I had to rank: 1) French, 2) German, 3) Swiss (small sample size), 4) Italian, 9) English.

Video of their long press conference is after the jump.

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Signs of a Lockout: Danny Briere and Claude Giroux are Taking the Kids to Germany, Ilya Bryzgalov is a Healthy Scratch

Kyle Scott - October 4, 2012

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More unfortunate Flyers news today. Danny Briere told Tim Panaccio that he and Claude Giroux (and their family of five?) are headed to Europe to play in the hockey hotbed that is Berlin, Germany.

No further details were given, but it’s worth noting that Oktoberfest is going on right now in Germany (albeit in Munich), and, you know…

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Other news: $51 million goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was a healthy scratch for CSKA’s game against Spartak today. Guess he’s going to need to find his Thermos again.

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Claude Giroux May Head to Europe and, Loosely Related, “Things You Won’t Hear During The Lockout”

Kyle Scott - September 26, 2012

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Must-watch video after the jump

And slowly, our stars leave for lands with poor competition and sketchy airplanes.

Claude Giroux may be the latest casualty of the NHL lockout. The NHL 13 cover boy told the Ottawa Sun yesterday that he is getting bored with working out and may head to a land far, far away… making us all sad: [Ottawa Sun]

“I’m getting a little bored here just working out,” said the 24-year-old Giroux, who has risen to elite status as a winger with the Philadelphia Flyers. “I kind of want to play games … get that rush of playing in hockey games.

“I want to make sure I’m in good shape, so I think it’s a good option for me to go and play somewhere. I’m talking to my agent to see where I could go. I want to play some good, quality hockey.”


This isn’t surprising, but it’s concerning. Players like Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and Ilya Bryzgalov have already taken their talents elsewhere. Giroux would just be the latest. The problem is that playing in Europe or, specifically, Russia means taking part in systems where medical care and travel, for sports teams, aren’t as reliable. Granted, it’s not like players are in danger, but these are guys the Flyers have millions invested in, and the team can do nothing to protect or look after them. From a hockey standpoint it’s concerning… from a business standpoint it’s scary. What if Bryz rips his groin to shreds playing in Russia? What if Giroux gets knocked in the head, but because of fewer mandates, keeps playing with a concussion? Those are real things. They can happen. You can’t blame the players for wanting to play and stay sharp (and get paid– though guys like Bryz don’t need a dime), but you can blame another lockout for forcing us to talk and think about this crap.

Of course, we get this video, Things You Won’t Hear During the NHL Lockout, which you can watch after the jump.

H/T to (@aSolar_ski)

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Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell are Growing Lockout Beards… and Mike Richards Wants to Play Too

Kyle Scott - September 19, 2012

Thanks, Gary Bettman!

Since beards are never not cool, and growing them to absurd lengths is an automatic marketing tool for any athlete (notice how no one hated Jason Kelce this year, even though he was vilified for comments about fans last year?), Giroux and Hartnell have decided to partake in the time honored tradition… the lockout beard:

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I know, I know– beards have totally jumped the shark. But who cares? It’s not like we have anything better to write about, hockeywise. I mean, it would be better to grow a playoff beard, rather than a lockout beard, but that’s not an option right now, is it?

It was, however, an option this past spring for Stanley Cup champion Mike Richards, who wants to join his former teammates:

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Well now– that just took all the fun out of it. What does this look like, Kings East? Why don’t we just invite Justin Williams to impromptu practices, too. Oh.

Sidney Crosby Fractured One of Claude Giroux’s Wrists in the Playoffs

Kyle Scott - July 27, 2012

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As you are undoubtedly aware by now, Claude Giroux had surgeries on both wrists this offseason (and then played beer pong with casts on). The official reasons for the procedures were torn cartilage and removal of bone spurs, respectively. 

But, it turns out, one of his wrists was fractured at the hands (pun very much intended!) of Sidney Crosby.


To look at him, you'd never know the hockey credentials Giroux carries. He looks like a regular Joe, who would have a regular job.

At a perhaps slightly exaggerated 5'11” and 172 lbs., he isn't the biggest guy in the world. He's not missing teeth à la Flyers legend Bobby Clarke and his face is yet to show any major battle scars that are pretty commonplace among professional hockey players.

That's not to say he doesn't have any though, as one look at his hands reveals a pair of nearly symmetrical scars.

“Those are from (Sidney) Crosby,” he says half smiling, but with some tension in his voice. “Every time we'd line up against each other for a face-off during our (2012 playoff) series, instead of going for the puck when it was dropped, he'd hack me across the wrists. I ended up playing the series against (New) Jersey with one of them fractured and had to go for surgery on both of them after we were out of the playoffs.”


What a bag of puss, Sid is. But should we really have expected better from a guy who did this?

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So, yeah– Sidney Crosby fractured Giroux’s wrist, which in-turn hurt G’s play against the Devils, who beat the Flyers in five games. Whose got pitchforks?!

via The Pens Blog

[Related: Examining Why Sidney Crosby is Such a Bitch]

A Pictorial of Flyers Offseason Activities (Sans Shirt Edition)

Kyle Scott - July 24, 2012

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Today, Bauer tweeted several pictures, including James van Riemsdyk in Maple Leafs gear and Claude Giroux, Brayden and Luke Schenn in Flyers gear. 

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They were part of a photo shoot took place at the Skate Zone in Atlantic City, we’re told. And guess who was in attendance? One Mr. Mike Richards, who can be seen in the background of this photo of JVR's mullet, tweeted by Giroux last night: [with edits]

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And here– on the ice, posing for pictures this afternoon:

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The guys all stayed at the Revel last night, according to our tipster.

Now, for less official activities.

Here’s another one of G, tweeted on Sunday (not sure from where, though): 

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We’ve been aggregating images for the past week or so, waiting for the perfect time to strike with them (read: when Shea Weber ruins our summer). What do we have? How about a shirtless Claude Giroux and Paul Holmgren, Max Talbot looking goofy, and Scott Hartnell on a scooter. And who says we don't service our female readers?!

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Video: Claude Giroux Plays NHL 13

Kyle Scott - July 9, 2012

Because the release of NHL 13 may be the only sports-related thing we have to look forward to this summer, here are two random videos. One, a skinny-looking Claude Giroux sampling the game and, the other, a preview of the sweet new goaltender animations. I wonder if they have that one where Bryz watches a deflected shot flutter by his shoulder?

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