If some Philadelphia Flyers fans forgot about Marc-Andre Bourdon, that’s okay because he is still injured and not likely to play for the team anytime soon.
On the cusp of Mark Alt‘s injury coming out of the 2013 Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp, the team reported on the status of Bourdon’s concussion injury. He is clearly not where the organization wants him to be, as they keep putting him in the skating groups for camp and has yet to practice.
Bourdon has not played a game with the Flyers since the 2011-2012 season, and he only played 18 games with the Adirondack Phantoms last season. Bourdon has been battling a severe concussion for some time now and looked like he was ready to get back to the ice during training camp, but his return has been delayed yet again.
Bourdon has been back to skating in the offseason and he did participate in a few of the Flyers’ informal skates, but he just does not seem ready to get back to the rigors of training camp practice. Some reports are already announcing that he will be put on the long-term injury reserve list. Due to this, it’s likely we won’t even see him practice with the team or play with them at all during the preseason.
This could also mean that we might not see him resurface with the Flyers until mid-season.
Since Bourdon hasn’t played for the team in awhile and the team has way too many defenseman vying for a spot, this may be a good thing since it will allow rookie defensemen like Oliver Lauridsen, Brandon Manning or maybe even 2013 draft pick Sam Morin a chance at a spot on the pro roster.
However, the amount of injured defensemen on this team proves that while they have a lot of defensemen, it is still the weakest part of the team since they are all injury-prone.