The Philadelphia Flyers made their preseason debut on Sunday night from the Budweiser Gardens as they took on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite trying to come back from a goal deficit in the third period, the Leafs proved that they are no longer a team to be taken lightly. The Flyers fell to the Leafs 4-3, but that was not the only bad news to come out of the game.
One of the Flyers’ roster regulars who made the trip to London, Ontario was gritty tough guy Zac Rinaldo. Rinaldo has been evolving in his role with the team and last season we did see him starting to mature a bit by drawing more penalties than he actually took. Rinaldo was up to his usual business in the game, but the winger suffered an upper body injury and is now listed as day-to-day.
The team is mum on what actually caused his injury, but during the second period, he took a huge hit from Maple Leafs’ Jamie Devane. Rinaldo looked a bit shaken from the hit and even took longer than normal to get up. The injury does not seem too severe since he is listed as day-to-day, but getting injured in the first game back is not a good sign.
Rinaldo hasn’t been too injury prone with the team, but he did have to sit out the last few games at the end of the Flyers’ 2012-2013 season on an injury. Most of his injuries last season were leg issues, but this “upper body injury” could end up to be something serious like a concussion. The terms used for hockey injuries can be a bit mysterious at times, so it’s not clear yet what exactly Rinaldo has injured.