January 23, 2012
The Flyers already had two injured players to deal with in Danny Briere (hairline wrist fracture) and Zac Rinaldo (skate laceration).
Now the Flyers have another injury to deal with. Scott Hartnell is now out indefinitely with a foot injury.
"Scott will be out indefinitely with a left foot injury," GM Paul Holmgren said in a press release. "We will know more on this within a day or two as we await results of tests."
Hartnell was the team's leading goal scorer last year. In a shortened season, the term "out indefinitely" is a real cause for concern
Hartnell's left foot got by hit a shot in the third period of Tuesday night's loss 3-0 loss to New Jersey. Although he finished out the game, he was in noticeable pain when he headed back to the bench after the puck hit him.
With Hartnell's injury and Briere not being a guarantee to return this weekend, 18-year old rookie Scott Laughton now has a strong chance of remaining on the team's roster for the rest of the season.
NHL teams were given five games this season to decide if they wanted to keep first year rookies on their roster. A year on his entry-level contract will be used if the Flyers elect to keep Laughton for the rest of the season. He will be sent back to his junior team otherwise.
In other news, Brayden Schenn has been suspended one game for a hit he delivered to New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov in the second period of Tuesday night's game.
Schenn met with NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan earlier in the day, and was handed the suspension after it was determined that he left his feet to hit Volchenkov.
Schenn was not penalized during the game, but will lose $4702.70 in his first ever suspension according to CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio. He will serve the suspension by missing Thursday night's home game against the New York Rangers.
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