Ryan White Injured: Out 2-4 weeks.
If there’s one thing the Flyers organization has done perfectly, it’s getting fans excited for the future of this franchise. So excited, in fact, that they have almost immediately forgotten that Brayden Schenn is still on the roster, and healthy.
On Sunday, it was announced that Ryan White would be out of the lineup for 2-4 weeks with a vague injury. White was injured in the Flyers 3-2 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Injury Update: Ryan White will be out 2-4 weeks due to an upper-body injury.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 15, 2015
Before Saturday’s game, the Flyers called up winger Taylor Leier and Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to replace R.J. Umberger and Mark Streit, who were both placed on Injured Reserve. Umberger has a foot injury and Streit is out six weeks with a “pubic plate displacement”. After an embarrassing road trip through Canada, Flyers fans have been begging for call-ups, a trade, or anything that will make this team watchable. Unfortunately, most of the moves we want to see are against Hextall’s plan.
For a while, Hextall was even strongly against bringing up any of the defensive prospects from Lehigh Valley until it was obvious that they were ready to join the Flyers lineup. Injuries forced Hextall to bring up Gostisbehere and it may be pretty hard to send him back down when Streit is healthy.
With Pierre-Edouard Bellmare’s return on Saturday, the fourth line was briefly back intact. It also meant Vinny Lecavalier’s return to the press box. Coach Dave Hakstol has relied heavily on the fourth line this season and now with White injured, the line is broken up again. A lot of fans immediately went to twitter to say who they thought the next Flyers callup should be to replace Ryan White. The answer, of course, is Brayden Schenn.
Schenn was scratched on Saturday night against Carolina, after struggling the past few games, but Hakstol mentioned to media that it was a one-game thing. “Brayden has gotten off to a good start and things haven’t gone great over the last couple games,” Hakstol said before Saturday’s game. “He’s just out for the night.”
Gostisbehere’s performance on Saturday night earned him a longer look. Ghost will be in the lineup for the forseeable future, unless Hakstol decides that Nick Schultz deserves more time. With White Injured, Leier is likely staying in the lineup too.
Not only is Brayden Schenn back in the lineup, but Dave Isaac reports that he was skating with the top line in this morning’s practice.
Interesting lines today: B.Schenn – Giroux – Voracek Read – Couturier – Simmonds Leier – Laughton – Gagner Raffl – Bellemare – VandeVelde
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) November 16, 2015
Schenn being moved to the top line squashes the trade rumors that crept up when he was scratched. The Flyers also still have Lecavalier waiting in the press box and they’re obviously not opposed to using him. It doesn’t seem like another call-up is in the works, unless Leier is being sent down so that they can see what another young forward can do.