Claude Giroux says representing Canada on the world stage would be “a dream come true” but he insists his focus is not on making the Olympic team.
Rather, the Philadephia Flyers star centre says he’s looking no further than the Philadelphia Flyers dressing room.
If he plays well enough in black and orange now, he could be wearing red and white in February.
“The best way to control that is my play on the ice,” Giroux said before Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
“I can’t be reading stuff, I just have to worry about my game. I’m not happy with the start of my season and the team, but if I start thinking about the big picture, that’s when guys get in trouble.”
Giroux’s slow start is a microcosm of the Flyers problems.
Giroux, who spent his teenage years in Orleans and starred for the Gatineau Olympiques before joining the Flyers, finally broke his season long goal scoring drought in Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. He went into Tuesday’s game with one goal and seven assists in 16 games.
As a team, the Flyers had scored a league-low 26 goals in those 16 games and they were in the Metropolitan Division basement before meeting the Senators.
He does acknowledge feeling a weight off his shoulders now that he finally has a goal.
“I usually don’t believe in that, but now I do,” said Giroux. ”I just kind of relaxed a little bit.”
At the same time, Giroux says he can’t be so caught up in his offensive numbers that he loses sight of playing solid defence and winning key faceoffs.