Rinaldo was injured midway through the first period, and immediately went back to the locker room for examination by head trainer Jim McCrossin. He never returned to the game, and was ruled out with an always vague “lower body” injury.
The injury sounds rather excruciating. Rinaldo had his leg cut by the skate of Robyn Regehr, a nasty cut that required twenty stitches to close it up. It’s likely he’ll miss at least Tuesday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, but the injury does not seem serious enough to sideline him for an extended period of time. In his place, Tom Sestito will fill in on the fourth line.
Rinaldo was able to just play 2:47 of Sunday’s contest, but his presence on the ice certainly would’ve been useful. Despite the fact he’s not a contributor on the offensive end of the ice, his “shot out of a cannon” playing style was sorely missed. Not to mention, the 22 year old Canadian is easily the most physical player on a Flyers team full of finesse players. Sestitio has large shoes to fill, and must jump into the vacant fourth line spot without a hitch. Sestito played 14 games with the Flyers last year, and stayed in shape during the lockout, going over to England to play for the Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL.
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