Now that the Dan Cleary fiasco is over and the Philadelphia Flyers are officially done with Simon Gagne, the Flyers can focus on finishing out their 2013 training camp. Before preseason even starts, the team is already running into a few problems with injuries to a few of the prospects in the system.
Recently-signed defenseman Mark Alt had fallen off the map since being signed, but the blueliner was going into camp with an open mind. Alt was confident in his abilities and really wanted to shine through this year, but it looks like he won’t get that chance.
Alt suffered a concussion during the rookie game on Monday in Washington and did not practice on Thursday. He did try to still participate in training camp by doing some off-ice training.
Alt was expected to be day-to-day for the rest of camp, but was skating again after evaluation on Friday. He either had a very mild concussion, or he’s an idiot saying in he can play through it, because he was also put into the lineup for the final practice on Saturday.
Concussions are a tricky situation, and it’s really not something that the Flyers should be taking lightly, especially with a new player coming in trying to prove himself to the team. Alt is expected to get a start with the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, but since there are so many defenseman signed, they are very competitive during this camp as they all try to score a spot on the pro roster.
If Alt is still battling a concussion and he’s just holding out to get a spot on the roster, it’s a poor choice of judgment on his part.