The Philadelphia Flyers saw rookie defenseman wunderkind Shayne Gostisbehere explode onto the scene in his first full season of pro hockey, going from a season-ending injury in 2014-15 to posting 46 points in 64 regular season games in 2015-16.
Now, both he and team captain Claude Giroux will undergo surgery in the offseason.
The Flyers confirmed on Saturday afternoon that both Gostisbehere and Giroux are set to undergo surgery this upcoming Tuesday, which will hold them out of full on-ice activity for around 10-12 weeks each. The duo are both having the procedures to “have their right hips repaired as well as bilateral lower abdominal tears repaired”, per the official release.
The good news is that both players are set to be back in action by around the middle of August, which means that neither should be missing in action for the start of training camp or preseason. The question, of course, is whether or not either will see any setbacks; as two of Philadelphia’s most important players, the team needs them at full strength.
Gostisbehere is currently one of the league’s finalists for the Calder Trophy, which is given to the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. Giroux had an impressive year of his own, though, finishing his 2015-16 regular season campaign with 22 goals and a team-leading 67 points through 78 games played. The Flyers were ousted in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Washington Capitals.