Two Flyers set for court date

Flyers captain Claude Giroux with Harlem Globetrotter Chris Handles Franklin. They'll face off Sunday.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux with Harlem Globetrotter Chris Handles Franklin. They'll face off Sunday.
Posted: March 09, 2014

The streaking Flyers play in Toronto Saturday night, but the conversation in the locker room after Friday's practice centered on two of their star players - Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds - getting ready to face the Harlem Globetrotters on the hardwood.

Giroux and Simmonds will play for the World All-Stars in the game at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Simmonds, who played basketball in high school, said the Globies would probably make him and his hockey teammate look "pretty stupid."

His goal, he said with a smile, was to "get the ball, go strong to the hoop, and dunk on somebody. . . . I can dunk. I've got hops."

Before home games, Giroux and Simmonds play basketball in a long Wells Fargo Center corridor that is down the hall from their locker room.

Asked if he was worried about being injured, Giroux said he and Simmonds would play for only a few minutes.

"But I do get hurt in weird ways, so I'll have to be careful," said Giroux, who needed hand surgery after a freak golf injury in August.

Flyers coach Craig Berube was caught off-guard about his two forwards facing the Globetrotters.

"I don't know anything about it," he said.

When told the specifics, Berube said, "They better tape their ankles."

Schenn returns

. Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn is eager to return to Toronto, even though fans and media labeled him an underachiever when he played there - and even though he knows he will be booed every time he touches the puck at the Air Canada Centre.

"That's the place I was drafted, played four years there, have a lot of great friends," Schenn said. "So it's exciting to go back. It's hard to believe we only go there one time a year now."

Several Flyers grew up in the Toronto area and get an extra kick playing there, including Steve Mason, Simmonds, Zac Rinaldo, Steve Downie, and Matt Read.

Meszaros postscript.

The Flyers confirmed they are paying half of Andrej Meszaros' pro-rated salary. The defenseman was dealt to Boston on Wednesday, and he will earn $5.5 million this season ($4 million cap hit).


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