Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/19/14

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 17: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 17, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NHL players and fans are optimistic heading into a new season. Even with potential holes in the roster, hope endures that a Stanley Cup might be within reach. This hope usually fades if a club stumbles out of the gate or if problems develop which don't have an easy solution. Claude Giroux is a man with hope. Giroux believes that despite Philadelphia's 1-7-0 start, his Flyers are playoff bound in 2013-14. Is Giroux realistic, optimistic or perhaps completely insane? His comments to the Philadelphia Daily News: We're not far off at all. How many points are we out, six? To think of the start that we had and we're that close . . . we never thought about not making the playoffs. We've got to go game by game and we will make the playoffs. Giroux is essentially saying that it's early and we shouldn't count his team out. He's right, it is early, but let's be realistic here. His Flyers are off to a dreadful start and even though there's a lot of season left, the Flyers have some...
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