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Flyers' Claude Giroux: Dishes for three scores Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Giroux racked up three power-play assists Tuesday night in a 7-4 loss to the Blackhawks.

Giroux continues to see plenty of time on the power play, averaging 4:14 of ice time in that special-teams situation through the first three games. After seeing the pivot's point totals dip in the last two seasons, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol has largely taken the 28-year-old off the penalty kill to maximize his efforts with the man advantage.

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Flyers' Claude Giroux: Could benefit from less time on penalty kill
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Giroux should see less time on the penalty kill this season thanks to the presence of newcomer Boyd Gordon, who is impressing Flyers coach Dave Hakstol with his defensive acumen in practice, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Giroux has seen his scoring totals dip in three straight seasons, so it's refreshing to know that the Flyers are looking at reducing his shorthanded ice time, presumably in an effort to maximize his production within the attacking zone. Of course, keeping the prolific playmaker in good health is also a top priority, especially since he underwent surgeries to correct his hip and abdomen this offseason and had briefly left a World Cup exhibition game with an undisclosed issue -- he has only drawn into one of a possible three World Cup contests to date.

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Flyers' Claude Giroux: Ready to go Saturday against Team USA
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Giroux is expected to play Saturday against Team USA following a rough hit taken during Friday's exhibition game, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.

Giroux exited Friday's game in the second period after he was smacked into the end boards by Joe Pavelski but returned shortly thereafter. The Flyers' centerman commented that he wasn't feeling good Saturday morning but is going "to play through it." There were a number of chippy hits during Friday's border-matchup and NHL coaches have to be a little worrisome about the health of some of their top players, especially given Team USA and Team Canada match up twice in the next 10 days.

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Flyers' Claude Giroux: Should be ready for World Cup of Hockey
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Giroux (hip) will represent Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto this fall, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Giroux underwent surgeries on his hip and abdomen in mid-May, though he expects to be ready for the international tournament. Given that the World Cup promises to be intense and precedes the start of the NHL season, this will give fantasy players a golden opportunity to confirm whether Giroux looks to be at full speed. We'd be cautiously optimistic on the captain since his rehab seems to be going well, though his detractors won't soon forget about how Giroux produced just one point with a minus-2 rating against the Capitals in the conference quarterfinals of the playoffs this past April.

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Flyers' Claude Giroux: Will require hip surgery
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Giroux will undergo hip surgery next week, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports, adding that he's expected back for the World Cup of Hockey, which starts Sept. 17.

The report specifies that it's a hernia. Either way, this might explain why Giroux struggled versus the Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, recording just one point and a minus-2 rating in six games. He looked bogged down on the ice and only managed 10 shots in the series. We'll keep you posted on Giroux's status once he officially goes under the knife and begins the rehab process.

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