Despite rather modest individual production in the playoffs, Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux remains optimistic for the coming seasons as he believes his roster will continue to improve and eventually become a Stanley Cup contender. .
The Pennsylvania team won a series – the first-round one against the Montreal Canadiens – for the first time since the French-speaking player received the captain title in 2013. The progression of the head coach's troop Alain Vigneault is worthy of mention, she who finished first in the Eastern Conference mini-tournament when activities resumed.
Also, with the presence of young Carter Hart in front of the net, all hopes are allowed in the City of Brotherly Love.
“I think we have taken a huge step forward since last year,” Giroux said in a conference call Friday, through remarks broadcast by the daily Philadelphia Inquirer. We are very disappointed that we were unable to reach the association final, because we believed we were betting on a club capable of going even further. […] We must continue to move forward and build on this. We love our team, we appreciate the items we hold and we are very excited about the next year. ”
“In the other years where we made the playoffs and lost in the first round, we didn't have that depth. We love the jumpsuit we have in the locker room. ”
Despite the elimination in the second round of his own, Giroux preferred to highlight the positive aspects of the Flyers' last duels.
“Against the New York Islanders, I think we played well early in the series. We found a way to win one of those games and when we were 3-1 behind, we played our two best games, in my opinion. Everyone was playing hard and in the right way. Obviously, we won those games in overtime and fought hard to get to a decisive clash. ”
Holder of an agreement still valid for two years, at a rate of a salary of $ 8.275 million per campaign, the 32-year-old veteran was limited to eight points in 16 games in post-season duels. His performance did not fully satisfy Vigneault, who did not hesitate to say that Giroux is advancing in age and that he will have to pay attention to his physical conditioning.
“I think that every time I start camp, I'm in excellent shape and I expect the same this year,” said the main player.
“Of course, it's no secret. I would have liked to do better, he also said. As the playoffs progressed, I felt better. These are unique playoffs that we were entitled to: we were inactive for a few months and we ended up directly in the playoffs. It was like that for everyone, but it took me a little longer to get started. ”