Flyers chairman Ed Snider was upbeat about the state of the team and even more so about the development of Claude Giroux.
Speaking before Giroux was honored as the Outstanding Philadelphia Pro Athlete at the Philadelphia Sports Writer’s Association’s annual dinner, Snider spoke in glowing terms of the 24-year-old Giroux, who just earned his second consecutive all-star berth.
“I tell everybody that he reminds me of Bobby Clarke at a similar age,” Snider said of Giroux. “He looks like he did, acts like he did, played like he did. It’s kind of exciting.”
Giroux made an almost immediate impression on Snider.
“I remember watching him in the first 10-15 games and telling the guys we have a future superstar there,” Snider said. “He just does things a lot of players just can’t do.”
As for the Flyers, despite a boatload of injuries this season, the team is 29-14-5 for 63 points, three behind Eastern Conference leader the New York Rangers.
“I am very, very happy with the team and the performance despite injuries and despite having as many as 8-9 rookies in the lineup,” Snider said. “I know our future is great and hope we get healthy for the stretch run and make some noise.”
Note: One Flyers legend was noticeably absent from Monday's dinner. Former star goaltender Bernie Parent did not attend as he was sick with a flu.