When it rains, it pours for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Just shortly after the suspending of forward Brayden Schenn for a hit on Anton Volchenkov, the Flyers received even worse news. On Wednesday evening, general manager Paul Holmgren announced that Scott Hartnell will be out indefinitely with a foot injury. Hartnell suffered the injury during Tuesday night’s game, after being hit by a point shot from defenseman Kimmo Timonen.
“We will know more on this within a day or two as we await results of the test,” Holmgren said in a statement.
Hartnell was not seen during the team’s Wednesday practice, while Danny Briere (wrist) took his spot on the first line. Unfortunately, however, Briere will not return to the lineup until at least the weekend.
This creates an interesting situation. Scott Laughton, the Flyers 18-year-old rookie, has played in all three games this season. He has two more games to prove that he belongs in the big leagues, or the Flyers could send him down. With the injuries to Hartnell, Briere and tough guy Zac Rinaldo, Laughton could very well remain with the Flyers for more than five games, which would burn his entry-level contract.
It’s safe to say that with an exciting GM such as Holmgren, it’ll be interesting to see if he pulls the trigger on a trade in the near future. The Flyers are off to an undesirable start, sitting at 0-3-0, which is last in the Eastern Conference. The line combinations for Thursday night’s game against the New York Rangers will also be something to keep an eye on, as there will likely be big changes.