An equipment malfunction on the golf course, of all places, will keep Claude Giroux off the ice until late September.
According to a statement released by Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren on Thursday, Giroux underwent finger surgery to repair exterior tendon damage after the captain’s golf club “shattered and splintered into his index finger.”
The exact details of Giroux’s accident were not revealed, but Holmgren said that no bones were broken and that he is anticipating a recovery period of five to six weeks.
Philadelphia opens its 2013-14 schedule Oct. 2 against the Maple Leafs, so, barring further complications, Giroux should be ready to go when the puck drops on the regular season. The 25-year-old winger was the Flyers’ leading scorer last year, tallying 13 goals and 35 assists for a team-high 48 points.
Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, who was injured in a freak golf cart accident back in 2008, expressed his condolences to Giroux via Twitter in typical hockey bro fashion.
Erik Johnson (@6ErikJohnson) August 16, 2013
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