The Philadelphia Flyers lost a key part of their roster on Sunday night, when Max Talbot went down with a leg injury.
That leg injury turned out to be a broken leg. Talbot sustained the injury when he was going in for a check of Mike Green against the Washington Capitals, when his leg drove into the boards. He did not put pressure on the leg coming off the ice and has already been determined to have a broken left leg.
It’s possible that Talbot could return for the postseason, assuming the Flyers make it to that point. But his regular season is obviously done. Though Talbot only has 10 points on the season, he’s still an important part of this roster in other ways.
Those ‘other ways’ especially include the penalty kill. The Flyers boast the eighth best penalty kill in the game, one of the view areas where they’ve actually performed really well and consistently this season. Losing Talbot to injury is going to put a major damper on that aspect of their game.
Also, consider the fact that Talbot is third among forwards in total ice time, trailing only Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. The Flyers are going to have to find somebody capable of taking over his minutes while maintaining that level of defensive play at the forward position. Not going to be easy.
Talbot is going to be a tough guy to replace. He’s a solid, versatile forward who is an important part of the team from a chemistry standpoint. It will be interesting to see how the Flyers plan on replacing him in the coming days.