Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Stamkos off Canadian team; is there a spot for Giroux?

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos will not make the trip to the Sochi Olympics to represent Canada, potentially opening a spot for Flyers captain Claude Giroux.

Stamkos has not been cleared to return from a broken leg. He was one of 14 forwards selected for the Canadian team ahead of Giroux last month by executive director Steve Yzerman, who is also Tampa Bay's general manager. Giroux reiterated on Wednesday that he was "disappointed" by the decision but that he had moved past the snub.

"I'm not going. I've kind of put that behind me," Giroux said.

However, Giroux made that comment before the Stamkos news broke. When asked if he had his eye on what would happen in Tampa Bay, Giroux said he had "no control over it."

The top candidates to replace Stamkos are Giroux, Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis, Pittsburgh's James Neal, and Carolina's Eric Staal.

Giroux has been on a tear lately. Since the announcement was made on Jan. 7, Giroux has 17 points in 15 games.

Penguins 5, Sabres 1 - Sidney Crosby scored a highlight-reel goal and added an assist, leading Pittsburgh over host Buffalo in a pre-Olympic tune-up against goalie Ryan Miller. Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Brian Gibbons, and minor-league call-up Harry Zolnierczyk also scored for Pittsburgh.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

Zach Berman Inquirer Staff Writer
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