As Claude Giroux helped run the Flyers power play in the morning skate Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena, he saw the opponent’s coach out of the corner of his eye. Mike Babcock sat about 15 rows up, his two assistants scouting the Flyers for a game that night, he looking at Giroux and wondering if he would be a good fit in a red and white jersey. Not for the Detroit Red Wings, but for Team Canada in the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, Russia. What Giroux might not have known was that Canada’s general manager, former Red Wing Steve Yzerman, was watching Wednesday’s game from the press box. A two-point night and an impressive come-from-behind victory for the Flyers was just the kind of performance the Flyers captain wanted to have in front of Team Canada’s brass. “Yeah, it’s huge. For me, it’s my dream to play for Team Canada,” said Giroux, who represented his country in the 2007 World Juniors, where he won Gold, and last year in the World Championship. “Obviously, I’m not happy with the start I had at the beginning of the year, but I just need a game like this to maybe get the ball rolling. I’m not too worried about it. I’m just worried about every game (with the Flyers). For next game it’s Dallas, and just be dialed in for that.” While the Flyers seem to be getting back on track after a slow start, it remains to be seen if Giroux’s slow start will keep him from making the Olympic squad. One thing that might be working against him is that he didn’t go to Calgary for Canada’s preliminary camp in September. “We would like him to have come,” Yzerman said. “We were told he was busy rehabbing.” A mid-August golf accident set Giroux back with a wrist injury that may or may not have been the reason it took him 16 games to score his first goal. If it was, he never admitted it. Giroux, 25, still leads the Flyers with 20 points. He has 10 in his last 10 games and his line with Scott Hartnell and Jake Voracek may be coming around at just the right time.
Giroux watches his Olympic odds rise
Courier-Post | Dec 6