By Harry Allison
Two of the Flyers’ best players are going under the knife.
Captain Claude Giroux and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere are expected to be out 10-12 weeks following hip and abdominal surgeries scheduled for Tuesday.
From Flyers GM Ron Hextall:
Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehereare both scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday, May 17th to have their right hips repaired as well as bilateral lower abdominal tears repaired.
Their hip surgery will be performed by Dr. Eric Kropf and their abdominal surgery will be performed by Dr. William Meyers.
The Flyers lost to the Washington Capitals in the opening round of the playoffs. In six games, Giroux managed just one assist in the series.
After a terrific rookie season that included 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games, and a record-setting 15-game point streak, Gostisbehere recorded a goal and an assist in the post-season.
Gostisbehere, 23, is also up for the Calder Trophy.
“I do know that it’s a long season for every player,” said Hextall. “But certainly, Ghost being, in essence, a first-year player, that’s a lot of hockey. We had a tough schedule and I’m sure at some point, every player feels fatigued. And I’m sure Shayne felt the same. In saying that, I think he had a hell of a year.
“(Giroux), this has been going on for a while,” continued Hextall. “He’s a tough guy and I’m certainly sure it didn’t help. But he’s been having it from before the midpoint of the season.