Flyers captain Giroux has surgery after golf injury

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux will need 5-6 weeks of recovery after surgery Thursday on his right index finger. According to the team, Giroux was injured while playing golf.

“Giroux was golfing today when his golf club shattered and splintered into his index finger,” general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. “Although there were no broken bones, there was some damage to his extensor tendons in his finger. He is expected to have a full recovery in 5-6 weeks.”

The surgery was performed at the Ottawa Civic Hospital.

Giroux’s father Raymond told Le Droit, a Gatineau, Quebec newspaper, that Claude hit a ball and the club broke in two; one piece flew in the air then landed on his hand and cut him.

Giroux signed an eight-year, $64 million contract extension in early July.

The Flyers open training camp Sept. 12 and start the regular season against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 2, seven weeks from this past Wednesday. Giroux, who sustained a neck injury playing in Germany during the lockout, has missed five NHL games since becoming a regular during the 2009-10 season.

Giroux, 25, was invited to participate in Canada’s pre-Olympic camp, to take place Aug. 25-28 in Calgary. The forward had 48 points (13 goals) in 48 games last season. In 2011-12, he was third in the NHL in scoring with 93 points (28 goals).

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