Blocking shots hasn’t worked out too well for the Flyers this season, first Braydon Coburn was injured by a blocked shot keeping him out for 6 weeks then Lecavalier took a shot to the foot and only recently returned then Andrew MacDonald joined Coburn and will also miss 6 weeks. If you want to count Wayne Simmonds’ pre-season injury that makes Michael Raffl the fourth Flyer to be injured from blocking shots. Rafll is tied for the team lead in goals this season with Wayne Simmonds; both have 6 goals.
Around midway through the third period on Tuesday’s game against the Oilers, Raffl blocked a shot from Mark Fayne, but turned at the last second exposing the unprotected back of his leg. “He’s got a different style, everybody’s got their own way of doing things.” Berube said about Raffl’s not so great blocking technique. Maybe everyone should learn a way that doesn’t result in 6 week injuries.
The shot hit Raffl right on the back of the leg, it is thought something is fractured, and he has been labeled with a lower-body injury.
Craig Berube continued odd decision making with Raffl’s replacement, moving Chris VandeVelde up into the first line spot. Obviously Berube felt that Brayden Schenn did so bad on the top line in his short time there that he won’t be getting another chance and Berube has already shown that he barely likes Jason Akeson enough to keep him on the roster let alone move him to the top line. Berube decided to go with the least obvious choice in VandeVelde calling him a “straight-line player.”
“Jake and Claude need a guy that they know what he’s going to do.” Berube optioned for a more “simple” player to fill in for Raffl. Berube was quick to say that no one had quite convinced him of their 1st line ability yet.
According to Hextall though, a trade or free agency move wouldn’t be out of the question; a free agency move never seems to be out of the question for Hextall. The Flyers already have too many centers in the line up so it wouldn’t make sense to call up Scott Laughton and force him to play the wing, but Hextall is always keeping an eye on the free agency apparently.