PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Flyers captain Claude Giroux has been snubbed from the Canadian Olympic hockey team, twice. Ed Snider isn’t happy about it.
“It’s a farce. He’s [Claude Giroux] one of the best players in the league. It’s ridiculous,” Snider said after Thursday night’s Flyers win over the Avalanche. “He’s better than the guys on that team [Canada]. Anybody that thinks that Claude Giroux doesn’t belong on the Canadian team, they don’t know anything about hockey as far as I’m concerned. But you know, it’s politics to a certain degree. It’s, you know, he [Steve Yzerman] had to pick his own guy and his own guy is good, but Claude is better. ”
Giroux was not initially selected to the team, but when Lightning Steven Stamkos dropped off the team due to injury, most assumed it would Giroux to take his place.
It wasn’t to be, as Lightning forward Martin St. Louis was named as Stamkos’ replacement.