This morning it was announced that Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis was going to be the man to replace injured Lightning star Steven Stamkos on the Team Canada Olympic hockey roster. St. Louis was viewed by many as the biggest snub after the roster was revealed last month because of the successful season he was having, leading a turnaround Tampa Bay squad.
One of the players who didn’t make the original roster nor was he selected to be Stamkos’ replacement was Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux. Though one would assume that being passed over twice for a spot on your home country’s roster would hurt more than it happening once, Giroux said that he didn’t expect himself to be picked for the spot which allowed him to not get his hopes up the second time around.
“I didn’t give myself hope,” Giroux told the Courier-Post. “I didn’t want to be disappointed again.
Giroux made it known that he was disappointed the first time around when he wasn’t picked, but with the amount of talent that Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman had to pick from, it was obvious that some very good players were going to be left off the roster.
Since December 17, no player, according to CSN Philadelphia, has more points than Giroux who has 30. He has 17 points in 15 games since being skipped over for a roster spot the first time around.
If anything, Giroux can take solace in the fact that he has led a turnaround in Philadelphia that currently has the Flyers fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after starting off 3-10.