Eight days after Philadelphia Flyers‘ Matt Read took a hit from Brian McGrattan in their game against the Calgary Flames, the team has finally announced that the rightwing has suffered a bad concussion. If you saw that hit, or even read everyone blogging about how they thought Read may be concussed, this news probably came as no surprise, especially considering that Michael Raffl came back from his concussion quicker than Read.
It also shouldn’t surprise Flyers fans that their general manager was being shifty. It’s pretty much Paul Holmgren‘s M.O.
The reason why his injury was classified as an “upper body injury” was because when you look at the footage, he didn’t really take a hit to the head, but he did take a hit that rattled him quite a bit. His injury is a bit odd since he passed all the baseline tests, but is still having problems turning his head and with rapid eye movement, which is not a good sign.
Read will definitely not be returning to ice with the Flyers this weekend, but GM Holmgren did not really give a timeline for when he expects the rightwing to return. Although he does tend to mix things up on his line and get things going for the offense, the Flyers have been doing decent in his absence. However, they will eventually need the strength that Read brings to the team back as the season continues.
It may be a long time until the Flyers see Read again, since when he last skated he got sick, and that was last Saturday. The team needs to hold out hope that Read’s recovery is a speedy and healthy one.