Updated: 8:30 a.m.
Despite the outcome, Claude Giroux would never admit it.
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.”