Claude Giroux, shown here with linemate Not Jaromir Jagr (Andre Rankel)

Nobody is exactly sure what the extent of the injury is yet, but here’s the short of it on Claude Giroux right now, from Travis Hughes of Broad St. Hockey:

Claude Giroux is returning home to North America for “precautionary tests” after suffering a check to the head last week in a game for Eisbären Berlin in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. That’s the news from Oliver Koch at, the first news outlet to report Giroux’s original injury.

The Google translation of Koch’s report indicates that Giroux will head to Atlanta for tests, a move that was agreed upon by Eisbären.

I may be alone in this, but after Sidney Crosby, I find Claude Giroux to be one of the most dynamic, fun-to-watch players in the NHL right now, so as Hughes implies in his post, I’m not real thrilled about this.

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN expanded:

Brisson said Giroux will visit with Dr. Ted Carrick in Atlanta next week. Carrick is the same doctor who has worked with the likes of Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews.

“We want to make sure we get the right diagnosis with the neck injury. It’s a precaution,” Brisson said. “We believe it’s a minor injury. He felt better yesterday, but we just don’t want to take any chances.”

There seems to be an increased awareness that concussions can be related to the neck, so it’s good to know players are seeing a specialist in that field. Updates to come as we learn more.