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Sources: Claude Giroux debating hip/hernia surgery

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Sources: Claude Giroux debating hip/hernia surgery

Updated: 8:30 a.m.

Despite the outcome, Claude Giroux would never admit it.

He was coming off the worst postseason of his career, totaling just one point in six games of the Flyers' first-round playoff series loss to the Capitals.

He looked nothing like himself.

Was he hurt?

“No,” he said after the Flyers' season-ending loss to Washington on April 24. “Everybody has little bruises here and there, but I’m good.”

The 28-year-old reiterated that notion at his end-of-the-season press conference.

But it turns out, Giroux wasn't healthy. Sources have confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio that Giroux is contemplating surgery to repair his left hip and a sports hernia, which will require up to eight weeks in recovery if he chooses to undergo the procedure. According to the sources, in the past, Giroux opted to go with treatment for the issue — which was nagging him all season — to avoid surgery, but the Flyers' captain is now thinking it's time to fix things permanently.

Given the timeline, Giroux will be back for training camp, as well as the World Cup of Hockey, if he has surgery before July.

Sportsnet Canada's Elliotte Friedman first reported late Wednesday night that Giroux would have surgery next week.

The Flyers have yet to release a list of injuries and surgeries for the offseason.

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

He entered the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 61 points in 57 career postseason games.

He was most disappointed after these playoffs.

“I’m pretty frustrated with myself," he said. "Got to find a way, doesn’t matter how it is. You’ve got to find a way.”

Giroux wasn't the only Flyer to go quietly — the entire team was neutralized by the Capitals. Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek totaled one goal, while the Flyers scored a playoff-low six — one of which was an empty-netter.

"We need some upgrade up front,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said two weeks ago. “We need some goal scoring, playmaking — [that] would be our number one need."

Giroux said everyone was banged up.

"It was a physical series," he said. "Of all the series I’ve played, I think that was one of the most physical ones. It was a lot of big boys throwing their body around.”

Giroux won't forget his performance — he'll make sure of that.

“When you have a tough time, it’s important to not just brush it off, it’s important to look at it and kind of study what you did and how can you get better," he said. "You just learn from it. We fought really hard in the series to come back in Game 6. We need to learn that’s how we’ve got to play.

"I think compared to the start of the year, to the last two months, I think we’re a different team. We grew defensively, offensively, our identity. I think that was really important for us, our identity, to make sure we grew on that.

"We just need to keep growing here.”

NHL schedule 2020: Start times for Flyers vs. Penguins exhibition game, Flyers vs. Bruins round-robin game

NHL schedule 2020: Start times for Flyers vs. Penguins exhibition game, Flyers vs. Bruins round-robin game

Alain Vigneault and his staff have put together a detailed, science-based plan to prepare the Flyers for what could be an unprecedented run at the 2020 Stanley Cup.

They know they have about a month to work with following an abrupt stoppage that spanned four months because of the coronavirus outbreak.

"I believe it’s going to work," the Flyers' head coach said Monday about his team's plan ahead of the NHL's return-to-play 24-team tournament.

Part of the plan includes an exhibition contest. It also features three interesting round-robin games, which will dictate the Eastern Conference's top-four seeds but can serve as a tune-up of sorts, as well. During the qualifying round, the Flyers will try to improve their seeding and strategize for the first round of the playoffs, which begins Aug. 11.

We've got 30 days to get ready for our first official game on Aug. 11," Vigneault said. "Our group is excited, focused, energized — and we've been waiting a long time here to have this opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup, and we’re going to get it.

"We are going to take this time that we have in front of us here to obviously prepare the team. We’re also going to take the exhibition game and the three games that we're going to play because really, Aug. 11, our first game in the first round for the Stanley Cup Playoffs starts there. I’m going to put on the ice at that time the best lineup that we have.

We now know when and who the Flyers will play in their exhibition game: the Penguins. The NHL also released the start time for the Flyers' round-robin opener against the Bruins.

Here are the details so far, while broadcast information is to be announced on another date:

Flyers vs. Penguins, Tuesday, July 28 — 4 p.m. ET (exhibition)

Flyers vs. Bruins, Sunday, Aug. 2 — 3 p.m. ET (round robin)

Flyers vs. Capitals, Thursday, Aug. 6 — TBD (round robin)

Flyers vs. Lightning, Sunday, Aug. 9 — TBD (round robin)

For analysis on the Flyers' round-robin slate, click here. For the rest of the NHL schedule and start times, click here.

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