July 5, 2014
After he spent a night in jail following a bizarre incident at an Ottawa bar, Flyers captain Claude Giroux issued an apology Thursday. "I regret my actions on Canada Day and sincerely apologize to my fans, teammates, and the Philadelphia Flyers organization for my misguided attempt at humor," Giroux said in a statement. Giroux, 26, was arrested at the bar Tuesday night for allegedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer repeatedly. Alcohol was believed to be involved. The Ottawa police said no charges would be filed.
July 4, 2014 |
An Ottawa police officer said Wednesday he does not expect Flyers captain Claude Giroux to face any charges after a bizarre incident Tuesday night. Giroux spent the night in an Ottawa jail cell, according to the Ottawa Sun. The Sun reported that Giroux was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer at an Ottawa bar, and it said alcohol was believed to be involved. The newspaper said that the police officer warned Giroux to stop and that the star center did it again and was arrested.
July 3, 2014 |
LANE JOHNSON owes Claude Giroux. The Daily News on Tuesday reported that Johnson, the Eagles' first-round pick last year and their starting right tackle, tested positive for a banned substance and likely will be suspended for the first four games of this season. The Ottawa Sun yesterday reported that Giroux, the Flyers' captain and star center, allegedly repeatedly grabbed the backside of a male Ottawa police officer in a bar. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
June 27, 2014 |
AFTER THE playoff wins, the roar-inducing goals and the constant banter with Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell will miss the meals at Spasso Italian Grill the most. Hartnell began stopping at Spasso at Front and Chestnut streets for pregame meals not long after he arrived in town in 2007. Each season, a few more players would join Hartnell in making Spasso a part of their game-day ritual. By last year, Hartnell had more than half the team hooked. And it wasn't just the food. Without any official designation or signage, Hartnell turned a neighborhood restaurant into an extension of the Flyers' locker room.
May 10, 2014 |
New Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says he likes the group of forwards he has inherited, but implied something is missing. "Whether it's a perfect fit, that's a thing I tend to look at - the lines and the fit," Hextall said after being named Paul Holmgren's successor Wednesday. "There's a couple things. We had a lot of guys move around the lineup this year. I'd like to find one or two guys that are a little better fit. I don't know if that will be out there or not. That would be one priority.
May 8, 2014 |
ASK PAUL Holmgren the biggest things the Flyers need to do this summer, and his answer is simple. "We need to get bigger, stronger, faster," Holmgren said, "throughout the whole organization. " Speed was the Flyers' Achilles heel in their first-round series with the New York Rangers. It was the first thing Craig Berube attempted to improve when he blew his first whistle as head coach in practice on Oct. 8. The Flyers skated lap after lap, circling behind nets, day after day in practice for that first month.
May 7, 2014
CLAUDE GIROUX was announced yesterday as one of three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the top overall player in the NHL, as voted by his peers. Giroux, 26, closed with 79 points in his final 67 games of the regular season. Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby also were nominated. The award, formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, is the only one voted on by players themselves. The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards on June 24 in Las Vegas.
May 7, 2014 |
Of all the Flyers, no one has a more important offseason ahead than Vinny Lecavalier, the 34-year-old forward who is coming off an odd first year with his new team. Whether it was because of a bad back, a position change, or advanced age, one thing is certain: Lecavalier did not have the type of season the Flyers envisioned when they signed him to a five-year $22 million contract. "I don't want to say I'm disappointed in Vinny for the year, but I'm disappointed for him," general manager Paul Holmgren said at the team's season-ending news conference last week.
May 5, 2014 |
A THRILLING and glorious ride ended when it should have. Beaten by a better team, a more mature team with a greater understanding of playoff imperatives, the Flyers are a better club for it. They learned this, if nothing else: They have a chance against virtually anyone as long as they play with abandon. They will take penalties, but they will draw them, too. They will give up rushes, but they will get them, too. They cannot control a game as the Rangers did this series, as the Kings did in their Stanley Cup run. They can only play.
May 3, 2014 |
Claude Giroux was rewarded Thursday for finishing third in the NHL scoring race and engineering the Flyers' turnaround from a 1-7 start. The 26-year-old center was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the league's MVP. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, who is the heavy favorite, and Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf also are finalists. The winner will be announced June 24 in Las Vegas. Giroux collected 86 points, putting him behind only Crosby (104) and Getzlaf (87). He is the fifth-ever Flyer named a Hart finalist.