Scott Hartnell injury update
After expecting Scott Hartnell to only miss a week of action with a lower-body injury, the Philadelphia Flyers have revealed that the issue is more serious than they initially thought. From the the Philadelphia Inquirer concerning the injury:
After an MRI exam was performed, Holmgren said Hartnell will miss two to four weeks. The veteran left winger was injured in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Phoenix, and Holmgren originally expected him to miss just a week.
“It’s in a place where it affects a lot of his movements from side to side,” said Holmgren, declining to give any more specifics about the injury except to say he “turned to retrieve a pass and felt some stabbing pain. No one was around him.”
This is clearly awful news for a Flyers team that has struggled mightily out of the gate, to the degree that their head coach was fired just three games into the season. Philly hasn’t looked much better since the coaching change, though making an impact from behind the bench typically takes time.
Pair the loss of Hartnell with that of Vincent Lecavalier, and the Flyers appear to be in for a tougher stretch before things can get much better. Of course, two holes in the top-six makes room for some younger players to step in and be difference makers.