Even though Steven Stamkos bowed out of the Olympics on Wednesday, Flyers forward Claude Giroux was realistic about any second chance he might have to crack Canada's toughest roster.
Knowing that Steve Yzerman, Canada's general manager, was also the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning meant there was a good chance Marty St. Louis would be selected as Stamkos' replacement.
"I didn't give myself hope, I didn't want to be disappointed again," Giroux told reporters.
St. Louis was indeed named as Stamkos' replacement, Hockey Canada officially announced on Thursday morning, just as the Flyers were getting off the ice from their morning skate. A replacement needed to be named quickly, as players are flying to Russia on Sunday.
"Good for Marty to be able to go to the Olympics," Giroux said. "I'm just happy to be able to focus on tonight's game."
Giroux (17) had one more point than St. Louis (16) since Canada's team was first announced on Jan. 7. But St. Louis also had more points (310) than any NHL player since the 2010 Olympics, Canada's gold medal team he was also left off.
It is a feel-good story for St. Louis. And, it may ultimately end up being a feel-good story for the Flyers, who will have their top scorer and minute muncher in Giroux rested and recharged for a playoff charge in March and April.
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