15 minutes on, two weeks off. That's how Claude Giroux will spend most of Flyers training camp.
Ron Hextall and the Flyers announced that Giroux will miss two weeks with a lower-body injury suffered early on the first day of camp Friday morning. It appeared as though he tweaked his groin, but of course the Flyers will not confirm specifics.
Two weeks would put him back on the ice on October 3, just five days before the 2014 season opener in Boston against the Bruins. It will also put him out of the entire preseason, which kicks off this coming Monday with split-squad outings in Toronto and against the Capitals in Philadelphia.
From Giroux's perspective, this isn't really a huge deal. He's conditioned well and will be ready for the season, so that doesn't really matter, and I'm refusing to read into "he missed camp last year and we all saw how that went!" talk because that was an absurd, probably-not-replicable slump G went through last year. I think he will be fine. I hope he will be fine.
But in the hunt to find he and Jakub Voracek a linemate, it does matter. We will now be robbed of a chance to see how Giroux and Voracek look in game action with candidates such as Brayden Schenn, Matt Read and others. Robbed of that chance until the games actually count, at least.
Here's Hextall speaking about the injury with the media today: