On Sunday, Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall offered some updates on all of the Flyers injured players.
-Weal is on track with a week & half or so left of recovery
-Del Zotto will get ligament repair surgery on his wrist; will be out 3-4 mos.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) February 21, 2016
The loss of Sean Couturier hit the Flyers hard. Around two weeks ago, it was announced that Couturier would miss four weeks with a lower-body injury. The team has struggled without their 2nd line center. Couturier being ahead of schedule could mean we see him return to the lineup within the next week. Couturier skated in practice this morning.
Couturier looks good skating today, positive sign pic.twitter.com/JjTSdfxHBt
— Kyle (@Kyle_Phillippi) February 22, 2016
Claude Giroux missed Saturday’s game against Toronto with an upper body injury that was probably caused by an elbow to the head from P.K. Subban. On Sunday, Hextall said that Giroux was “possible” for Tuesday’s game against the Hurricanes, but the Flyers still haven’t determined whether he’s suffered a concussion or not, or they’re just not telling. Now it’s announced thatGiroux will miss Tuesday’s game after missing the morning practice.
Injury Update: Claude Giroux will be out of the lineup tomorrow vs. Carolina, per #Flyers GM Ron Hextall.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) February 22, 2016
Jordan Weal was supposed to get back into the lineup against the Devils on February 16th, but before the game, it was announced that he’d be out, at least, three weeks. He’s progressing on schedule, and really there’s no rush for him to come back. Being a constant healthy scratch means that Weal can take his time getting back to 100%.
The biggest news is the severity of Michael Del Zotto’s injury. Del Zotto will have surgery to repair a ligament in his wrist and will be out 3-4 months which probably means he’s done for the rest of the season. Unless the Flyers pull off some kind of miracle and make it to the Stanley Cup Final, Del Zotto will be recovering for next season.
Hextall also told reporters that Steve Mason and Evgeny Medvedev, who both left Saturday’s game, weren’t injured and wouldn’t miss any games. Steve Mason left the game because his leg was cramping up, and Medvedev went to the locker room after blocking a shot.