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Giroux was near tears over not making Canadian Olympic team

Jan 7, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT


You have to feel for Claude Giroux a little bit, who was left off of the Canadian hockey team’s roster on Tuesday for the upcoming Olympics in February. The Philadelphia Flyers captain got off to a slow start this season, and while he’s been hot of late, well, that’s what happens.

How much did Giroux want to represent his country in Sochi next month? According to Frank Seravalli for the Daily News, it nearly brought the 25-year-old to tears. G responded to the snub before the Flyers’ tilt with the New Jersey Devils:

“It’s tough today,” Giroux said, nearly coming to tears. “It’s obviously disappointing. It was one of my dreams to be playing for Team Canada. I did the best I could and I didn’t make it.”

At a sincere loss for words, Giroux said: “It just happens.”

Obviously, the opportunity to represent his country at the Olympics was genuinely a big deal to Giroux.

Seravalli also got Hockey Canada general manager Steve Yzerman’s thoughts on the decision to leave Giroux off of the roster, via TSN.

Yzerman was asked specifically by TSN about Giroux, who has 31 points in his last 27 games. That would be equal to a 97-point pace if played out over a full, 82-game season.

“I don’t know if I can give you a good answer,” Yzerman said. “I can’t criticize any player we didn’t put on this team. Some guys got off to really good starts, some guys didn’t. We took into account their overall careers, how they played in recent years, how they played internationally.”

With Giroux in a bad mood, I wouldn’t want to be Marty Brodeur or the Devils tonight. Hopefully G plays with a chip on his shoulder for the next four years.

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  1. BenE. - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    It’s a fucking joke.

  2. Turkish - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    I get where Yzerman and his team is coming from. It’s not like Giroux was doing himself any favors either last year or this year. Last year he got off to a slow start (until February when paired with Voracek) that he started putting the points on the board. This year it’s more of the same for him; he starts cold and then turns things up a month or two in.

    If I was putting an Olympic team together, I would definitely take into account cold starts. I mean, you’re basically putting up crucial points right out of the gates. Especially with a country as deep as Canada where you only have 14 open forward spots, I get why he’s not suiting up.

    Hopefully he remembers this and proves Canada wrong in another four years. The guy is turning 26 on Sunday.

  3. Lol - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Giroux’s tears can cure cancer. Too bad he’s never cried.

    • your boy - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      How original.

  4. charlie d - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    No way Giroux is good enough to make the Canadian Olympic team. A hot streak is nothing, consistency and leadership count….Giroux lack severely on both counts.

    • BenE. - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      If this is about consistency and leadership, how do you defend the selections of Kunitz, Nash, and Carter over Grioux, other than Giroux being a center?

    • Matt S. - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      76 points, 93 points, 48 points (48 games) is pretty consistent yearly production. Unless you’ve been in the locker room yourself there’s no way to knock his leadership either.

  5. mickloud - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    What does a cold start have to do with a PPG+ pace over the last month and a half?

    I mean, Yzerman rostered Rick Nash…. you wanna talk about slow/non-existent starts?…

    Ah well, four years will be your time G.

    • Turkish - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Cold start is just one of the many factors I would think the Canadian braintrust looked at when selecting their players. Yzerman above says “We took into account their overall careers, how they played in recent years, how they played internationally.” My point is that Giroux didn’t do anything to put himself on that team based on decent numbers, slow starts and past performances. If he wanted on (as is evident by his emotional interview), then he needed to step his game up from the get-go.

      Comparing Nash to Giroux is pretty asinine anyway. A guy like Nash brings something else to the table altogether – plays LW to G’s center, Nash has nearly half a foot on Giroux in size and nearly 50 lbs. more, one shoots left, the other shoots right, Nash is nearly four years older with more experience. It’s a poor comparison in my opinion.

  6. Tom - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Good for him, wouldn’t want him getting hurt in some terrorist attack.

    • dialectician - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Actually, not an implausible scenario, given the recent news out of Russia.

  7. Turkish - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    At the end of the day, Giroux still may make it on if Stamkos has a set-back in his rehab. He’s been pushing himself above the norm and is even traveling/practicing with the Lightning after breaking his right shinbone back in mid-November.

    Anything can happen in the next month and I’d imagine that Giroux is at the top of the short-list for Team Canada.

  8. Marvin Monroe - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Should have thought of that in August.

    • your boy - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Kind of unfair to hold it against a guy that was injured, but disappointed is a good word there. They were also probably questioning the injury as well since the rumors started going around that he duffed a shot and injured himself slamming the club.

      Still shitty to not make the roster however.

      • Marvin Monroe - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        It was a non-skating camp. It was just “Let’s hang out in Calgary for a few days and drink beer” camp.

  9. vgp - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Claude has the 2nd most points in the NHL the past 3 years. He’s probably deserving despite a “bad” season last year and a slow start this year.

    • willh888 - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      but Stevie said:

      “We took into account their overall careers, how they played in recent years”

      what he meant was

      “we only considered the first month of the 2013 season, that’s why Jeff Carter made the team with 9 points in his first 17 games. The ah, uh, mm, Knibbhighfootballrules”

  10. egads69 - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Besides his point production, Giroux has been a class act in the locker room too. Remember, when the Flyers started 1-7 and were left for dead, he stepped up and basically guaranteed that his team would make the playoffs. And everyone, Flyers fans included, scoffed at him. And now they are in a playoff spot. He did what every captain is supposed to do – put the team on his back and carry them. For that reason alone, he should be on the Olympic team.

    I have to think that he’ll still make it, whether it’s due to Stamkos’ injury or someone else’s. He’s too good to leave off the team.

  11. t800m101 - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    I for one am glad he’s not on the Olympic team. He has a contractual obligation to his professional team and it’s more of a risk for him to play anyway (injuries). Olympics should be amateurs anyways.

  12. ochospantalones - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    This is why no one should ever play golf.

  13. Captain_Awesome - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Crosby hates him, this should not be a surprise #ConspiracyTheory

    • willh888 - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      probably not directly from Crosby, but I’m sure dumb dumb took into account their history. It’s written on the wall with that Kunitz pick. Gotta keep pretty boy smilin, keep shinin’

  14. Mac - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Sucks for Claude but the truth is it’s good for the flyers. More time for him to rest and he’s gonna one hell of a chip on his shoulder for the rest is the season.

  15. Jason R. - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Glad the Flyers won, so I can feel better about seeing Jagr be Jagr a few times tonight. I grew up without cable so I didn’t watch hockey really till it came back in ’05; not really seeing The Great One or Super Mario makes Jagr the best player I’ve ever watched. Love Ovie’s game (when he’s actually trying) and Stamkos’ scoring, respect what Crosby/Malkin/Giroux/Datsyuk can do with the puck, but Jagr continues to put on a “Why I’m Better Than You” clinic every time he laces them up. Glad I don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying his art since we got two points tonight.

  16. psudrozz - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    giroux makes plays maybe 4 other people on the planet can make.

    whatever you do, don’t put him on a surface that encourages playmaking and less contact.

  17. jim c - Feb 14, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Waaaa waaaa waaaa, fact is outside of Philadelphia he is not mentioned when the class of the league are discussed. He is an above average player but that is it, period, his ceiling. Philadelphia is much much more ate up with Crosby and the penguins than they are with Giroux and the Flyers. There is and has been so much hatred and classless immature childishness displayed in Philadelphia for Crosby they see shadows and conspiracies around every corner. Bottom line he is NOT an elite player and most definitely is a bubble player for team Canada. Philadelphia should learn to stop blaming others for their sub standard performances and play. Look objectively in the mirror and the rest of the hockey world will take you more seriously.


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