BREAKING: Giroux has concussion
As per the Flyers website, Claude Giroux has a concussion and will be out indefinitely.
According to general manager Paul Holmgren: "Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion."
This is terrible news for the Flyers, who currently have Chris Pronger and Brayden Schenn out indefinitely with concussion problems as well (Pronger also had knee surgery).
Giroux's concussion came as a freak accident in the Flyers 5-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday. Giroux, who was down on the ice, was hit in the back of the head by Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds' knee collided with Giroux when he tried to avoid him on the ice.
Giroux is leading the NHL with 39 points on the season (16 goals, 23 assists), three points ahead of Phil Kessel. He is also already considered a Hart Memorial Trophy candidate.
Who knows how long the concussion will keep the Flyers star forward out.
Concussions have become a very serious thing in all sports. The game's biggest star, Sidney Crosby, missed 340 days due to concussion symptoms.
Crosby returned to action a few weeks ago but has been out for the past week with more concussion symptoms. The Flyers are hoping this isn't a serious injury for Giroux.
For now, it looks like Sean Couturier is going to have to step up in Giroux's place and the rest of the team is going to have to start scoring.