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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.”

Former Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald to attend Flames training camp on professional tryout

Former Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald to attend Flames training camp on professional tryout

After being bought out by the Flyers in mid-June, Andrew MacDonald is getting his next shot.

The soon-to-be 33-year-old defenseman will try to make the Flames' roster by attending Calgary's training camp on a professional tryout.

NHL teams often take fliers on veteran players as they shape their rosters because it simply can't hurt. The Flyers are doing so this training camp with winger Chris Stewart (see story).

While he wasn't a fan favorite in Philadelphia because of his contract, MacDonald was one of the most respected players in the Flyers' dressing room. You'd think the Flames are taking into account what they've heard from others around the league about MacDonald and his impact off the ice.

MacDonald has played 586 career games and 23 in the postseason. Calgary has won just one playoff series over the past 10 seasons. During 2018-19, the Flames went 50-25-7 with 107 points during the regular season — second best in the NHL to only the Lightning — but were bounced in the first round of the playoffs.

Calgary has a pretty strong defense, led by James Norris Memorial Trophy winner Mark Giordano, so making the roster won't be easy for MacDonald.

The Flyers bought out MacDonald for better cap flexibility and to open the door for some of their younger defensemen to take the next step. With the additions of Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun, the Flyers have solid, accomplished guys to augment the younger group of Shayne Gostisbehere, Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, Philippe Myers, Robert Hagg and Samuel Morin.

"This guy is a consummate professional," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said of MacDonald in June. "We asked a lot of Andrew and by that I mean he was a player that played the left side, played the right side, he'd be a healthy scratch and then we'd put him back in the lineup. We asked him to play with young players and mentor them and bring stability to our back end.

"He's just a quality person and a guy that played a very effective two-way game for our team, but we are in a cap world and we made that tough decision today to try reallocate some of those dollars to maximize our chance to stay in the hunt on some players."

The Flyers will pay MacDonald $1,916,667 in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

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Little boy preciously confuses Flyers mascot Gritty for Cookie Monster

Little boy preciously confuses Flyers mascot Gritty for Cookie Monster

Gritty will take this as a compliment.

After all, who doesn't love Cookie Monster? The big, blue, furry creature eats cookies for all three meals of the day — that's living.

Gritty knows how to live, too. The Flyers' mascot was confused for the Sesame Street character by an adorable little boy admiring Cookie Mon--err, Gritty on the cover of Philadelphia Magazine.

The video was posted on Twitter Tuesday morning by @shegabstoomuch.

"Whoaaaaaa," the little boy says in awe.

"Wow, who is that?" he's asked.

"Cookie Monster!"

Tremendous.

Gritty will not endure a sophomore slump in 2019-20. He has been working on his figure this summer, staying in shape for the upcoming season.

Does he sneak in a cookie from time to time? Of course he does.

So our little guy wasn't far off.


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