Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hartnell out 4-8 weeks, Knuble returns, Briere 50-50

January 24, 2012

Prior to the start of the Flyers' Thursday night home game against the Rangers, GM Paul Holmgren gave some bad news concerning Scott Hartnell.

Holmgren told the media that Hartnell will miss a significant amount of time with a broken left foot.

"He's got a broken first metatarsal in his left foot," Holmgren said. "Right now we're talking with the doctors on what the best way to proceed is in terms of how to approach this. I can't give you a timeframe, it's probably going to be between four to eight weeks… Obviously it's a significant injury."

The Flyers will be missing a big source of offensive production while Hartnell is out. He scored 37 goals playing on the first line in the 2011-2012 season to lead the team in scoring.

4-8 weeks in a full regular season is a lot of time missed, but it in a lockout shortened 48-game schedule, time missed is much more costly.

The Flyers wasted no time finding someone to fill in for Hartnell. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi reported via Twitter that the team signed free agent forward and 40-year old veteran Mike Knuble (more on that soon).
Holmgren also gave an update on Danny Briere, who has been out with a hairline fracture in his wrist.

On the possibility of a return this weekend, Holmgren said Briere is "50-50."

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