Friday, January 25, 2013
Fallout from Hartnell injury (update)
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: With Scott Hartnell sidelined four to eight weeks, the Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to sign veteran winger Mike Knuble to a one-year, $750,000 deal. Assuming he passes his physical, Knuble could suit up for the Flyers as early as the weekend.
"He's a big, strong forward, a quality person in the locker room," coach Peter Laviolette said Thursday (Philadelphia Inquirer). "I think that can be real helpful. Our group of forwards is young ... and to have a guy like that with his leadership and experience is important."
The 40-year-old (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) is expected to be particularly useful as a front-of-net presence on the power play.
The Philadelphia Flyers will be without one of their top forwards for a stretch. Scott Hartnell is considered out "indefinitely" after taking a shot off the left foot during Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils. The 30-year-old winger was seen limping after the game.
"We will know more on this within a day or two as we await results of tests," GM Paul Holmgren said.
With Hartnell, Brayden Schenn (suspension), Danny Briere (wrist), and Zac Rinaldo (lacerated thigh) out for Thursday tilt with the New York Rangers, Philly.com's Sam Carchidi suggests the Flyers will look at several replacement options.
"... Without Hartnell and Schenn, the Flyers might play Tom Sestito and Jody Shelley on Thursday. If the Flyers recall a player from the AHL Phantoms, Harry Zolnierczyk, Jason Akeson, and Marcel Noebels appear to be the top candidates ..."
Beyond Thursday, the Flyers aren't in as bad shape. While Schenn is suspended only the one game, Briere could return as early as the weekend. Unless Hartnell is done for the rest of the season, Holmgren may try to make do with the assets he has at hand. And 18-year-old Scott Laughton stands an even greater chance of sticking in the NHL at this point.