The Philadelphia Flyers got unwelcome news on Thursday when they learned that team captain Claude Giroux is expected to be out of action for 5-6 weeks.
Giroux underwent surgery on his index finger on Thursday after his club snapped during a round of golf in Ottawa.
"Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux had successful surgery this afternoon on his right index finger performed by Dr. Katherine Boyd at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ottawa, Canada," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "Giroux was golfing today when his golf club shattered and splintered into his index finger. Although there were no broken bones, there was some damage to his extensor tendons in his finger. He is expected to have a full recovery in 5-6 weeks."
Giroux underwent surgery on both wrists in May 2012, after the Flyers were eliminated in Round 2 by the Devils. His right wrist needed to have some torn cartilage repaired, and his left needed to have bone spurs removed.
The 25-year-old signed an eight-year, $66 million contract extension in July following a season that saw him put up 13 goals and 35 assists through 48 games.
Since making his debut in the 2007-08 season, he has totaled 91 goals and 199 assists over 333 games in six seasons.
The native of Hearst, Ont, is also among 47 players invited to Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp, which opens in Calgary on Aug. 25.