AFTER SUSTAINING a neck injury while playing in Germany on Nov. 17, Flyers star Claude Giroux was back on the ice in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Giroux, 24, participated in a 90-minute skate at the Carleton Ice House in Ottawa, where he makes his summer home.

"I skated for the first time today," Giroux said in a message to the Daily News. "It was a slow skate. Just trying to get the legs going again."

Giroux is not fully recovered and said he had "no idea" when he would be back at 100 percent.

On another front, Flyers forward Matt Read is also returning to North America. Read, 26, collected 21 points in 18 games with Sodertalje in Sweden's second division.

- Frank Seravalli