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Claude Giroux won't travel to Washington

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PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 02:  Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers speaks to the media after Game Three of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 02: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers speaks to the media after Game Three of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Flyers are boarding a train to Washington D.C. this afternoon. Claude Giroux won't be with them. After taking that knee to the head from Wayne Simmonds on Saturday night, Giroux didn't practice and will miss Tuesday night's game at Verizon Center. Paul Holmgren announced the news after practice today.

Sucks. We're all fearing the worst here with a possible concussion, but let's just hope they're keeping him out as a precaution. As we know from Sidney Crosby's case, these head injuries can be weird and it's right to be extra cautious when treating them. Sometimes symptoms don't pop up right away, either, so it's important that the team does their due diligence in tending to Giroux.

Missing a game or two or even three right now is worth it in the long run. The Flyers can get by without him for a few games. And hey, this gets Sean Couturier off the fourth-line, and we'll finally be able to see what he can in an offensive role. Things aren't all bad. Get well soon, G.

In other news, Ilya Bryzgalov is fine and will more than likely play on Tuesday night.