Laviolette says Giroux is the Best Player in the World

by John V on April 22, 2012

in Hockey

From ProHockeyTalk:

“His game tonight was monstrous,” Flyers bench boss Peter Laviolette said. “When your best player makes a statement like that … Claude Giroux led us to the second round.”

In a telling anecdote, Laviolette told reporters Giroux asked to start the game –”I don’t know who you plan on starting, but I want that first shift,” he said — then went out and flattened Crosby. It was a move that impressed Laviolette enough to shower Giroux with praise.

“He’s the best player in the world,” Laviolette said.

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Tony April 23, 2012 at 2:45 am

Claude Giroux as the best player in the world? No way. If he continues what he does for a few more seasons then he will be close to the top. But as of now Sidney Crosby is still the top dog.

the Abbot April 23, 2012 at 2:52 am

Agreed, Tony. Giroux is hot right now – but so was Claude Lemieux during the playoffs lo these many years gone, and how Claude is remembered mostly as an annoying pest of a player who re-surfaced in mauve silk on “Battle of the Blades.”

Giroux needs a couple more years at this level before he gets close to Crosby.

b April 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Laviollete is a MORON. How can you even compare Giroux to Crosby or Stamkos? They are the 2 top players in the world. Giroux is a spec of dust on the NHL’s top best player in the world radar.

It erks me to think that people are that dillusional to the point they actually believe something thats not even close to being reality.

Laviolette = DONKEY MORON

the Abbot April 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Hey, “b” – I’m inclined to agree with the general idea you’re expressing, though I wouldn’t go so far as to put Giroux in the “spec of dust” category. But I’m with you in that G has some way to go before getting to legit Best Player in the World status. He IS having a great 2012 playoff, though.

I’m also generally with you in your opinion of Laviolette – though not because he thinks Giroux is a great player. I thought Laviolette’s remark about Crosby and Giroux fighting (“that’s playoff hockey”) was truly stupid, and symptomatic of a lot that’s still wrong with the NHL.

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