For the last few weeks, Claude Giroux has been skating with players at a complex near Ottawa, but the gifted Flyers center is frustrated by the lack of progress in the labor dispute between the NHL and the NHLPA.
“I’m getting a little bored here just working out,” Giroux, 24, told the Ottawa Sun. “I kind of want to play games, get that rush of playing in hockey games.”
He is considering playing in Europe during the owner-imposed lockout.
“I want to make sure I’m in good shape, so I think it’s a good option for me to go and play somewhere,” he said. “I’m talking to my agent to see where I could go. I want to play some good, quality hockey.”
Last season, Giroux scored 28 goals and added 65 assists as he blossomed into one of the league’s elite players.
“When the season does come back, the players who are playing in the high leagues will be in game shape and ready to go,” Giroux said. “If some guys do stay here and don’t play games, it’s going to be hard to have that game shape back.”
The Flyers were scheduled to play their first exhibition game on Tuesday. That game was canceled, and the league’s entire preseason schedule is on the verge of being wiped out.
“The summer’s getting a little too long right now,” Giroux said. “My job is to play hockey. Right now, it’s too bad we don’t have the best league in the world to play in. All the guys are frustrated.”
Giroux told the Sun that the players “want to play. I’m sure the owners want to play, too, but it just doesn’t look like that.”
But at least the owners and the players’ union have a meeting scheduled for Friday in New York City.
That’s a start.
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