The Philly Hockey Now website offers a headline that sums up how Philadelphia Flyers fans are feeling these days: Flyers Are Officially Cursed.
The onslaught of bad injury news continued over the weekend. The Flyers announced Sean Couturier is be out week-to-week with an upper body injury. Veteran PHN columnist Sam Carchidi believes the injury is related to his surgically repaired back.
Injuries undermined the Flyers last season. The injury parade is continuing. Joel Farabee and Bobby Brink injured themselves while working out. The Russian military drafted goalie Ivan Fedotov. In addition, defenseman Ryan Ellis (pelvic injury) is still sidelined. He isn’t expected to be ready any time soon. Lack of cap space prevents Philly from making a splash in the free-agent and trade markets.
Kevin Hayes is the No. 1 center with Couturier out. Scott Laughton centers the second line.
UPDATE at 12:25: Colorado Hockey Now’s Adrian Dater says Nathan MacKinnon is signed. He gets eight years at $12.6 million.
Nathan MacKinnon is officially the highest paid player in the NHL
— Adrian Dater (@adater) September 20, 2022
The Dallas Stars gave up conditional first- and fourth-round picks for quality young right-shot defenseman Nils Lundqvist. He asked the Rangers for a trade because they have a collection of young defenseman ahead of him. He’s 22 and waivers exempt. The Stars can probably work him into the lineup this season.
Nils Lundqvist to Dallas for top-10 protected 2023 first rounder. Confirmed. If it’s top 10 pick rolls over to 2024 without restriction. Could be another component coming to NYR.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) September 19, 2022
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Boston: GM Don Sweeney says the Bruins are eying a player to sign a Professional Tryout Offer (PTO). But he wouldn’t reveal who that is. Boston Bruins.
Montreal: Marco D’Amico of MHN offers three candidates for last-minute PTO agreements with the Canadiens. One of them is former Montreal player PK Subban. Montreal Canadiens.
New York: GM Lou Lamoriello said he has total confidence in Mathew Barzal. “I’m his biggest fan,” Lamoriello said. New York Islanders.
Pittsburgh: Penguins prospect Jon Gruden is not the son of the NFL Gruden. But his father is a coach and a former NHL player. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Washington: Capitals 2022 draft pick Ivan Miroshnichenko, diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, is expected to play this season. Washington Capitals.