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Claude Giroux left off Canadian Olympics roster

Jan 7, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

source:  The Winter Olympics get under way in Sochi, Russia in just a couple of weeks. And while it’s usually country first, it’s also nice to cheer for Flyers players when they’re not going up against the red, white, and blue.

You won’t get the chance to cheer for Claude Giroux this year as he was left of the Team Canada roster this morning.

Giroux’s hand injury that kept him out of training camp and contributed to his slow start to the season was likely a factor. He’s picked his play up a whole lot since his early season scoring drought, but the Canadian coaches decided to go in another direction.

Jeff Carter made the Canadian team. You can view the full Canada roster here.

That leaves five other Flyers to cheer for in Sochi:

Kimmo Timonen, named Tuesday to Finland; Andrej Meszaros, named Tuesday to Slovakia; Jakub Voracek, named previously to the Czech Republic and Mark Streit, named previously to Switzerland. (Also Michael Raffl)

And former Flyer Jaromir Jagr is basically the President of the Czech Republic, so he’s another guy to root for.

No Claude though, which is a bummer. Although there’s still a chance he could be an injury replacement:

  1. DLo34 - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Giroux and Seguin are much bigger threats than Jamie Benn and Jeff Carter. Definitely surprising moves there.

  2. Kevin - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Raffl was also named to team Austria.

  3. Stan - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Better safe than sorry, even though it’s a shame they left him off.

  4. willh888 - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    lol Chris Kunitz. Stevie Y going for that chemistry mantra over better players. Hopefully he pays for it, what a stiff

    • Mostel - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Kunitz, and every person associated with Pittsburgh, is a titanic loser.

  5. Lol - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    No Giroux and yes Carter make it a lot easier to root against Canada. U-S-A, U-S-A!

  6. rockstonic - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Jagr may have played here for a year, but in the future he will always be remembered as a Penguin. Not sure why any Flyers fans would cheer for him.

  7. Turkish - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Looking at all of the rosters, you can’t help but think that Sweden’s got a real good shot at taking it this year.

    Solid blue lines (Kronwall, Ericsson, Edler, Oduya, Hjalmarsson), good balance of scorers and tough guys up top (i.e., Alfredsson, Backstrom, Berglund, Zetterberg, Steen, Franzen, Eriksson & the Sedin twins) and Lundqvist in net.

    That’s if they’re healthy. I know three of them are out with concussions and two are out with lower body injuries. But still a really good squad of players from Sweden.

  8. Pete D - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    If this makes it easier for team USA and fires up Claude for the rest of the season, I’m all for it.

  9. Billy bob - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Lundquist will choke if they get that far. Nice goalie but not big game capable.

    Don’t understand Benn AND Nash though. I’d go St. Louis in there somewhere.

    • Turkish - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      What are you smokin’ Billy bob?

      Lundqvist was between the pipes for Sweden during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino where they won a gold medal over Finland. Lundqvist went 5 wins, 1 loss while allowing only 12 goals (.907 save percentage).

      • billy bob - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        was he the goalie then? i forgot about that. i stand corrected.

  10. Matt S. - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Kunitz over Giroux? Guess they’re putting him on Crosby’s line because he’s nothing special without 87 feeding him points.

  11. Earl - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    So I guess this means that Raffl is better than Giroux, right?

  12. psudrozz - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    i wonder if anyone remembers that Brett Hull was slighted from the Canadian olympic roster….and played for the US the rest of his career.

    Maybe someone can tell Claude?

    • Turkish - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Yeah, that was at the ’86 World Ice Hockey Championships. Since he had dual citizenship and the Canadians passed on him, the Americans jumped on him. Played for Team USA ever since.

      • psudrozz - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM


        thanks for the correction!

    • willh888 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      only appropriate he has the frenchest name on the planet. siign ‘em up

  13. psudrozz - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Crosby’s gonna have trouble in Sochi. They hate gay people there.

  14. FlyersFan - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Good. Glad he didn’t make it.

    Now he can concentrate totally on the Flyers and get some rest to boot.

    Hopefully, getting snubbed lights a fire under his ass starting tonight.

    • t800m101 - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Agreed. Glad he didn’t make it either.

  15. FlyersFan - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Flyers beat the devils. The “barely visible” Brayden Schenn was first star of the game. Luke again was the best defenseman in the game.

    But the devils got a point because they got a backdoor goal shorthanded which sent the game into overtime and guess who was responsible for the game tying goal. None other than………


    Jagr grabs the escort in a headlock, allowing Michael fucking Ryder to go back door on Emery and score the game tying goal.

    The Escort ladies and gentlemen. A fucking weakling midget on skates physically unable to play the game.

    • Jason R. - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:57 AM

      I thought of you as I watched it happen, knew this post would be forthcoming.

    • Hopson - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      Hey look! Another post by this genius that hit a dozen thumbs up in just minutes!

      Farking loser.

      • t800m101 - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Hey look! Another mentally deficient post from Hopson!

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