The Flyers announced that Scott Laughton and Brandon Manning will be out for extended periods of time with injuries. Scott Laughton suffered a lower-body injury in practice and will be out for 3-4 weeks. Brandon Manning will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis with an upper-body injury.
Manning has only played in one pre-season game, and according to coach Dave Hakstol, he’s been dealing with this injury for a while. While placing both on long-term injury reserve (LTIR) would keep them from taking up a roster spot, Hextall has said that won’t be the plan.
Either way, Hextall says he doesn’t want to LTIR anyone to start year. “We’re probably going to have to do something we don’t want to do.”
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) October 6, 2016
That something that Hextall doesn’t want to do could mean that he’ll be forced to put Laughton or Manning or both players on LTIR despite not wanting to. It could also mean sending down players like Andrew MacDonald and Matt Read. Either option would have to be done so that the Flyers are under the cap. According to Sam Carchidi, the Flyers are $1.6 million over the cap. Guys like Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov don’t carry a huge cap hit, so the likeliness that they stay on is just as good as it has been all pre-season.
The Flyers now have three injured players on the roster who can’t be sent down to Lehigh Valley. Mark Alt and Cole Bardreau are still injured and can’t be reassigned until they are healthy. The players can be placed on injured reserve, but their contracts will count toward the cap.
This means that Hextall will have some juggling to do to stay cap compliant and we may see some players get a brief stint in Lehigh Valley.