The playoff run had been over for the Flyers for a while now, and I think it’s safe to say that as most fans have found temporary homes with a the team they hate the least that’s still in the Cup run. Meanwhile the Flyers roster is getting over some health issues and recovering from surgeries.
Wednesday, Steve Downie underwent an ear surgery for hearing loss. Since the Flyers were knocked out of the Playoffs Downie has had 2 surgeries for the same issue, so hopefully the second time’s the charm. Downie was out part of the regular season and the playoffs partially because of a concussion injury, along with his lack of production, may factor into the Flyers’ plans for Downie as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Nicklas Grossmann will almost definitely be back for the start of the regular season despite having ankle surgery. Grossmann’s rehab starts this week and should last around six to eight weeks, just like every other rehabilitation stint a player has. Grossmann will return to the none improved Flyers defensive line for 2 more seasons on his contract.
Tye McGinn, who was only allowed to play 18 games this season, had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his hand and is expected to recover in 6 weeks. In the 18 games he played, McGinn scored 4 times and had one assist.
The Flyers first round elimination also forces a big career decision for veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen. Timonen’s decision to retire or rejoin the team for another season has been an issue that most fans feel very strongly about. Fans, it seems, either don’t want to see the defenseman go or want him gone immediately so that the Flyers can try to improve the blueline by filling his spot with someone younger, hopefully. The issue tugs at nostalgia and the people who are already sad to have seen players like Danny Briere leave the team.
Money wouldn’t be an issue as he’s stated before. He doesn’t seem to care how little money he’s offered, his main goal is to win a Stanley Cup.
More news from the blueline, Erik Gustaffson is leaving the NHL. The constantly underappreciated defenseman has been on a carousel on the Flyers roster sharing a spot, usually with Andjre Meszaros, since 2010 and has been looked over in favor of obviously less effective defenseman.
Gus’ contract with the Flyers expired this season and he took the opportunity to get the hell out of here. Gus signed with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. Gus had 2 goals and 10 points in his few games this season. He was also put into the lineup for the last two games of the first round of the Rangers series and scored a goal in their game 6 win.