Flyers Notes: Giroux bypassed again for Olympic team

Claude Giroux reacts to the call against him with Kimmo Timonen of Finland behind him during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Bruins win 6-1. (Chris Szagola/AP)
Claude Giroux reacts to the call against him with Kimmo Timonen of Finland behind him during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Bruins win 6-1. (Chris Szagola/AP)
Posted: February 08, 2014

Flyers center Claude Giroux was bypassed for Canada's Olympic team.

Again.

Tampa Bay's Marty St. Louis was named as a replacement Thursday for the injured Steven Stamkos.

"Good for Marty," Giroux said after the Flyers' morning skate Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.

"It's a tough decision for them to make. It's not easy [because] there are a lot of great players," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "We all feel bad for G."

Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, wasn't as understanding. Snider called it a "farce" that Giroux wasn't selected. "He's better than half the guys on the team," he said after the Flyers' 3-1 win over Colorado on Thursday.

St. Louis, 38, entered Thursday with 25 goals, 54 points, and a plus-16 rating.

Giroux, 26, began the night with 18 goals, 55 points, and a minus-1 rating. He had 14 goals and 37 points in his last 30 games.

"I didn't give myself hope," Giroux said. "I didn't want to be disappointed again. That's unfortunate for Steven. He worked hard to come back and wanted to make the team and come back and play. It's too bad for him."

Timonen returns. Kimmo Timonen returned to the lineup Thursday against Colorado. He had missed the previous two games with a bruised left foot.

The veteran defenseman was paired with Braydon Coburn, while Andrej Meszaros - who has played well - was a healthy scratch.

Timonen blocked six shots in Thursday's win.

Tribute to Allen. Before the game, a video tribute to former Flyers coach and general manager Keith Allen was shown, along with classic photos. Public-address announcer Lou Nolan narrated Allen's accomplishments with the Flyers.

Allen, 90, died Tuesday.

"I'm really going to miss him, and I know he's in a better place," Snider said in the video. "I love Keith Allen, and we're grateful for what he did for the organization."

Fittingly, "God Bless America" was performed before the game. It became the Flyers' good-luck anthem during Allen's time with the club.

Breakaways. Colorado's Max Talbot, a former Flyer, said that his fiancee is expecting their first child in a few days and that it will be a home birth.  "I just hope it looks like me," Talbot cracked.

 

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