Flyers' Giroux has surgery on both wrists

Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux had surgery on both wrists and is expected to need six weeks to recover.

Giroux had torn cartilage repaired in his right wrist and bone spurs removed from the left.

The surgeries were among a host of offseason procedures that general manager Paul Holmgren announced Saturday for five players.

Giroux, of course, was suspended for what ended up being the team's final test of the season, a Game 5 loss to the New Jersey Devils on May 8 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

He had eight goals and 17 points before the ban for a hit on Dainius Zubrus in Game 4.

Forwards Wayne Simmonds and James van Riemsdyk and defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Matt Carle also required attention.

Simmonds will be out 4-6 weeks after having his broken left index finger fixed while van Riemsdyk will have surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, which will require six weeks of recovery.

Timonen, 37, will also go under the knife next week to remove a disc fragment from his lower back and is expected to be out 8-10 weeks. Carle had surgery to repair a torn stomach muscle and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.