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Claude Giroux, Shayne Gostisbehere undergo successful surgeries

Claude Giroux, Shayne Gostisbehere undergo successful surgeries

Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere had successful surgeries, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Tuesday night.

Giroux and Gostisbehere both underwent right hip and bilateral lower abdominal procedures. The hip surgeries were performed Dr. Eric Kropf and the abdominal surgeries by Dr. William Meyers.

Hextall last Saturday said both injuries are common.

"This is a typical hockey hip, whatever you want to call it, and it leads to the abdominal area, so they're connected," Hextall said. "One leads to the other. Like I said, this is a typical hip surgery that a lot of hockey players are getting.

"It's certainly not a surgery our doctors or [trainer] Jimmy [McCrossin] or anyone else is concerned about. I don't want to play it down, but it's almost like a maintenance surgery for the body."

Gostisbehere is a Calder Memorial Trophy finalist, coming off a season in which he posted a 15-game point streak from Jan. 19 to Feb. 20, the longest ever by a Flyers rookie and first-year NHL defenseman. 

Giroux led the Flyers in points (67) and assists (45), while finishing third in goals (22).

Flyers' Game 3 in 2010 Stanley Cup Final was the Best Game I Ever Saw Live

Flyers' Game 3 in 2010 Stanley Cup Final was the Best Game I Ever Saw Live

In the spring of 1997, Eric Lindros and company were steamrolled. Swept by the Detroit Red Wings for the first of three Stanley Cup titles in six years for the Motor City.

Fast forward 13 years. The Flyers are back in the Finals facing the same fate after losing the first two games in Chicago.

This Flyers team already completed one of the most improbable comebacks the NHL had ever seen. Down 3-0 to the Bruins in the series and then in Game 7, they shocked the world. The odds of this team completing the historic feat twice in the span of a month? Not great. That made Game 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final so important. If they are going to win the Cup, they have to win this game.

The night featured everything you love about playoff hockey. A game associated with the bitterness of winter played on a warm evening in June. The arena maxed out with twenty thousand people wearing orange, holding their breath with every scoring chance, every save, then erupting in unison when the goal horn ripped through your ear drums.

60 minutes would not be enough. Five minutes into overtime the fans jumped to their feet, releasing a burst of energy that could be felt down Broad Street. It would turn out to be a practice run for the euphoria to come. Replays of the puck behind goaltender Corey Crawford, sliding perfectly along the goal line, confirmed our worst fears. It’s not over.

The swing of emotions is what makes overtime playoff hockey so unique. The suddenness of it all is unmatched. Which is why none of us were expecting, less than one minute later, the building would shake. No need for a review. No need to regain our composure. Claude Giroux had won Game 3.

It was one of those moments when strangers were now family. Section 212 became my new neighborhood. I looked around to take in the moment, seeing smiles from ear to ear and even a few jubilant tears.

One week later, tears of a different kind were shed after Patrick Kane celebrated by himself on the same sheet of ice. Another Finals loss jumpstarted another dynasty with the Blackhawks claiming three Cups in six years. The hurt of that series loss was equalled only by the exhilaration of Game 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. The best game I ever saw live.

Flyers sign prospect Wade Allison to entry-level contract

Flyers sign prospect Wade Allison to entry-level contract

There are no more worries about the Flyers' college prospects.

Four days after Tanner Laczynski inked a deal with the organization, the Flyers signed Wade Allison to his two-year entry-level contract Friday.

Both college seniors had rights to the Flyers that were set to expire Aug. 15. Now the 2016 draft picks are officially in the fold for the future.

Allison, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound winger out of Western Michigan, will bring a craftiness around the net and powerful shot to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.

“We are very happy to have Wade under contract,” Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said in a statement released by the team. “He possesses a great package of size, speed and skill, and we strongly believe he’ll be an NHL power forward moving forward.”

The second-round selection has battled injuries during his time with the Broncos, including a torn ACL his sophomore year. That season, Allison was on a torrid pace with 15 goals and 15 assists in 22 games before suffering the injury. As a senior in 2019-20, Allison put up 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) and a plus-11 mark in 26 games.

Allison will turn 23 years old in October and his experience could help him climb quickly. Health will be vital, as well. There's a lot to like, though, with Allison's overall ability.

In the last 18 days, the Flyers have signed prospects Allison, Laczynski and Wyatte Wylie to entry-level deals.

Another college player to keep an eye on is Wyatt Kalynuk, who is coming off his junior season at Wisconsin. The defenseman can return to Madison for his senior year or turn pro in 2020-21 as his rights don't expire until the summer of 2021.

Meanwhile, the rights to prospects Linus Hogberg and David Bernhardt, two Swedish blueliners in the Flyers' system, expire June 1.



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