Flyers Notes: Giroux shows progress in recovery from finger surgery

Steve Mason, vying for a starting job, dives to stop a shot by Wayne Simmonds in training camp.
Steve Mason, vying for a starting job, dives to stop a shot by Wayne Simmonds in training camp. (MICHAEL BRYANT/ Staff)
Posted: September 14, 2013

Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who underwent surgery Aug. 15 to repair tendon damage in his right index finger, seems to be progressing ahead of schedule.

Giroux was able to pass the puck gingerly - but not shoot it - during the opening of training camp Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.

"It felt better than I thought it would," said Giroux, who said he hurt his finger on the golf course when his club shattered. "I wasn't even sure I'd be able to touch the puck," he added.

Giroux continues to ice his finger and hopes to play in some preseason contests "to get the feel for the game" again.

Pronger update

Injured defenseman Chris Pronger said that his concussion symptoms were moving in the right direction but that he still had occasional headaches and dizziness.

"You just try to keep pushing through it," he said.

Pronger, who is technically on the Flyers' roster but will not play again, watched the first day of camp with team officials. He thinks the Flyers have much more depth and drive than last season.

"I think guys coming out of a lockout and the mad rush to get the season started . . . affected a lot of guys," he said. "I'm sure there's a lot of guys who would say they weren't in the best of shape. That showed on the ice."

He believes that this season will be different, that the players "took it upon themselves this summer to work hard and make sure they're prepared and ready to go."


General manager Paul Holmgren said the Flyers do not plan to invite Simon Gagne to camp. Holmgren acknowledged that if the Flyers had more salary-cap space, they would have had a much better chance to sign winger Dan Cleary. . . . Steve Mason, who is battling Ray Emery for the starting job, said goalie coach Jeff Reese has "brought a sense of calm" back into his game. . . . Defensemen Mark Alt (concussion) and Marc-Andre Bourdon (post-concussion symptoms) were unable to practice. . . . Friday's early training-camp session at the Wells Fargo Center will start at 8 a.m. It had been scheduled to start at 8:30.

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