Tag: Claude Giroux

Brayden Schenn

Hextall says Flyers ‘think there’s more’ to Brayden Schenn’s game


Last season was officially a breakout year for Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn. He played all 82 games in Philly and netted 20 goals with 41 points – all career-highs.

Now with some changes happening in Philly with Scott Hartnell off to Columbus and R.J. Umberger re-joining the Flyers, GM Ron Hextall is expecting more from Schenn as Adam Kimelman of NHL.com shared.

“He’s got a real gift at putting the puck in the net,” Hextall said. “He scored 20 goals, which at this stage of the game that’s a lot of goals. But we still think there’s more there and there’s more growth. I think the biggest thing is the consistency part.”

One place Schenn could find himself next season is on a line with captain Claude Giroux. With Hartnell out of town and Umberger being expected to help out on other lines, that leaves a spot open on Giroux’s left side. While Schenn is a natural center, his offensive game may be just the thing the Flyers need to give them a potent first line attack.

Hextall added that Schenn needs to be more consistent. If that happens and he winds up with Giroux, goals will come in bunches for all of them.

Flyers’ Mason broke his right pinky finger playing ball hockey

Philadelphia Flyers v Florida Panthers

Maybe the Philadelphia Flyers should ask all of their players to avoid playing unsupervised sports in the summer.

Last year, captain Claude Giroux suffered a freak finger injury while playing golf. This time around, No. 1 goalie Steve Mason apparently broke his right pinky finger while playing ball hockey on Sunday. Flyers GM Ron Hextall acknowledged the injury and gave him a two-week window of recovery today:

“Steve Mason broke his right pinky finger playing hockey in Oakville, Ontario on Sunday, July 27. Mason will miss approximately two (2) weeks of on-ice training but will continue with his off-ice training.”

That’s a tough break for Mason, especially since he aims to prove that he’s worthy of the contract extension he signed with the team after a positive first (full) campaign with the Flyers in 2013-14.

Then again, it’s not really that significant of a setback being that it sounds like he should be good to go for training camp (unless the team’s being overly optimistic). It’s also true that the 26-year-old isn’t dealing with the worst summer hockey-related injury in recent memory, either.

Flyers players shouldn’t be shocked if the message after 2014-15 exit interviews is “take it easy this summer,” though …

Big money: Toews, Kane sign eight-year, $84 million extensions

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews

The contracts the hockey world has been waiting for have been agreed upon — the Chicago Blackhawks have come to terms with forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on eight-year extensions.

The deals reportedly come with a cap hit of $10.5 million each, making them the highest cap hits in the NHL. Toews is 26; Kane is 25. The contracts run through the 2022-23 season.

“When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization,” said club chairman Rocky Wirtz in a statement. “There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago. We are excited for our future and proud that they will continue to be a part of that commitment and success for years to come.”

A formal press conference announcing the deals will be held at the United Center next week.

Top cap hits after Toews and Kane, per CapGeek:

Alex Ovechkin $9,538,462
Evgeni Malkin $9,500,000
Sidney Crosby $8,700,000
Corey Perry $8,625,000
Henrik Lundqvist $8,625,000
Claude Giroux $8,275,000
Eric Staal $8,250,000
Ryan Getzlaf $8,250,000
Phil Kessel $8,000,000
Shea Weber $7,857,143

Related: On Toews, Kane and the $10 million cap hit

Giroux apologizes, calls actions a ‘misguided attempt at humor’

New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Four

Claude Giroux offered his “sincere apology” on Thursday for his, erm, actions toward an Ottawa police officer on July 1:

“I regret my actions on Canada Day and sincerely apologize to my fans, teammates and the Philadelphia Flyers organization for my misguided attempt at humor.

Following an investigation, law enforcement determined that charges are not warranted. I have the utmost respect for law enforcement and apologize to the Ottawa Police Department and specifically the individual officer. I will be making no further public comment on this matter.

I will not be distracted from my ongoing preparation for the upcoming season. I remain 100% committed and focused on working with my team to return the Stanley Cup to Philadelphia.”

When it comes to official statements, you won’t get much better than the phrase “misguided attempt at humor.” One can imagine that line will surface when teams want to make fun of the Philadelphia Flyers and their captain. Speaking of the Flyers, GM Ron Hextall also provided a brief statement regarding the situation:

“We’ve been in contact with Claude and the Ottawa Police Service and have been informed that no charges will be filed. Moving forward, we will deal with this incident internally and we will no longer publicly discuss this matter.”

The most important bit is probably that the team and player confirmed that the 26-year-old center won’t face charges for the … altercation.

He will, undoubtedly, get a lot of grief from this “misguided attempt at humor,” but we’ll leave that to his opportunistic opponents (and one would assume his teammates as well).

Report: Flyers captain Giroux arrested, jailed overnight


According to a report from the Ottawa Sun, Claude Giroux spent Tuesday night in an Ottawa police cell following an altercation with local police.

From the Sun:

Although few details were immediately available, a source said Giroux was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer. Alcohol is believed to have been involved.

A witness and sources say the incident occurred outside The Great Canadian Cabin in the Byward Market club district.

Ottawa Police have refused any comment on the incident. Police said they cannot comment unless charges are laid, but several sources did confirm to the Sun Giroux spent the night in jail.

The Sun’s sources also claim Giroux, 26, was expected to be released Wednesday morning without any criminal charges. No word yet on if that’s happened.

Per the establishment’s website, the Great Canadian Cabin “has been a staple of Ottawa’s entertainment scene for over 17 years.” It’s Twitter bio includes what appears to be a reference to “NHL Guest Bartenders” and has a picture of what appears to be Giroux tending bar in May of ’12:


Giroux was born and is a native of Northern Ontario (Hearst, to be specific) but has reportedly lived in the Ottawa area for the last few years.

Update: From CSN Philly…

And one from the Flyers…