VOORHEES, NJ — Travis Konecny took it Friday in his restoration from an upper-body damage.
Dressed in a yellow no-contact jersey, the 26-year-old winger took section within the Flyers morning skate, which started at 10:30 a.m. ET. Konecny did not go away the ice till after 11:30 a.m. ET as he were given extra rehab paintings with talents trainer Angelo Ricci.
Konecny will leave out his tenth instantly recreation on Friday, when the Flyers host the Sabers (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP). After Friday’s matchup, John Tortorella’s rebuilding membership may have 14 video games left at the 2022-23 agenda.
Konecny is predicted to play once more this season.
“It is for sure a function,” he mentioned on Friday. “There is no timeline. For me, it is simply ensuring I am wholesome and feature the boldness to move available in the market, get again in complete touch once more. It is a procedure. At this level, I am simply going daily.” Seeking to really feel.” Excellent.
“These days I shot somewhat extra and loaded somewhat extra recreation. Then simply move from there and paintings my manner up till I believe one hundred pc.”
The damage to the Flyers’ main function scorer and level guy got here at an inopportune time. Konecny used to be warming up and had already set a brand new profession top in targets. With 27 in 52 video games, he used to be heading in the right direction to surpass 30 for the primary time in his NHL profession.
He used to be additionally on tempo to publish a brand new profession highest in issues. He has 54 simply seven shy of 61 from the 2019-20 All-Superstar season. Konecny had that 12 months lower quick because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Vaccines have had a nasty 12 months,” Tortorella mentioned Friday. “I believe if the scientific team of workers clears him, it will be very tricky for me to stay him out of the lineup. I have no idea if he clears in time. We are getting out of the sport, we’re doing.” working out of time.”
Taking into consideration the Flyers have misplaced 16 in their ultimate 20 video games (4-12-4), that specialize in comparing the long run and would not thoughts serving to their NHL draft lottery odds, Konecny There’s no want to carry Okay. again into recreation motion.
But when Konecny works onerous to go back, will get utterly blank and needs to have some rust earlier than the summer time, the Flyers must believe it. If the rest, he is earned the suitable so as to add to his season.
When Konecny isn’t at the ice, the Flyers lack his offense and effort. In 15 video games with out him this season, the Flyers are 2-10-3 and feature allowed just one.93 targets consistent with recreation.
Sean Couturier (again) and Cam Atkinson (neck) had been sorely ignored right through the season.
“I believe our scientific team of workers did an ideal activity with those 3 guys the place you’ve got athletes who need to move now and sought after it the next day,” Tortorella mentioned. “I believe they have got were given to grind with those guys, they have got were given to grind with them to ensure they get it proper.”
Atkinson is not going to play this season. Couturier is predicted to get a minimum of a recreation or two. To this point, Tortorella mentioned he thinks the couturier is “almost certainly nearer” than Konneci.
After training in a yellow non-contact jersey on Thursday, Couturier used to be in a typical orange sweater on Friday on the workforce’s change morning skate. The 30-year-old heart helped Noah Cates in a faceoff all the way through the skate.
“Cotes is in conferences now, he is entering into conferences now as a result of he is beginning to apply with us,” Tortorella mentioned. “Cam is mainly operating off the ice. At the ice I believe will come earlier than the top of the 12 months.”
The Flyers would move directly to leave out the playoffs 3 consecutive years for the primary time since 1989–90 to 1993–94, after they went 5 consecutive seasons and not using a post-season berth. Danny Briere has been serving as meantime basic supervisor for every week now and he said the Flyers have a protracted strategy to move earlier than contesting re-election.
Konecny desires to be probably the most key items riding this procedure ahead.
“This has been my house for seven seasons now,” mentioned Konekny. “Goed thru a large number of excellent occasions and unhealthy occasions too. So while you get thru that stuff as a workforce and one of the most guys who’ve been right here, it is going to imply that once you’ll succeed in the top function and win It approach so much to be part of a procedure like this. You simply need to calm down, move to paintings and spot what occurs.”
Previous to Briere turning into meantime basic supervisor, Konecny labored with the previous Flyer to lend a hand along with his offense.
“Numerous other folks do not see snow the way in which they noticed snow,” Konecny mentioned. “After which on most sensible of that, being accountable for issues and seeing Danny as meantime GM at this time, it is nice to look what he is were given to get his concept procedure shifting ahead.”
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