Giroux sounds hesitant about playing Tuesday

Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who had finger surgery last month, said on Sunday the "plan" was for him to play his first exhibition game Tuesday against the Devils.

On Monday, he seemed to back off a bit, saying his hand was still building strength.

“Like I said, there’s no timeline. Just be ready for Oct. 2 for the first game of the season, and if I get a couple games in, I get a couple games in," he said after Monday's session at the WFC. "But today I felt really good and was able to battle a little more. I get frustrated a lot because I like to make plays I can’t make right now. But like I said, the progress is going very well and there’s a lot of time left here.”

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“Just some simple plays that I usually don’t have to think about," he said. "When you go four weeks without using your hand, obviously the strength takes a while to get back. But you know it’s gone a little faster than I thought, so that’s really good.”

Giroux was asked how he would respond if coach Peter Laviolette asked if he was ready to play Tuesday.

“I mean, it’s the preseason," he said. "It’s different in the regular season. If this was the regular season, I’d have been playing a long time ago, but it’s just making sure it’s 100 percent and not taking a risk. I mean, we still have a week and half before the season, and I’d be not smart just to rush it.”