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Rinaldo needs 20 stitches after skate slices leg

Jan 20, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

Zac Rinaldo #36 (L) of the Philadelphia Flyers scores at 8:41 of the first period against the New York Islanders and is joined by Sean Couturier #14 (R) at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 15, 2012 in Uniondale, New York.
(March 14, 2012 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The bad news keeps piling on for the Philadelphia Flyers. They’ve started the shortened season with back-to-back losses and lost Zac Rinaldo in the process.

Rinaldo logged just 2:47 minutes of ice time before his leg got sliced by a skate, based on CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio report. He required 20 stitches and needs to be examined further before he’ll have an idea of how much time he’ll miss.

“We hope he’s not that long out of the lineup,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, according to Flyers.nhl.com writer Anthony SanFilippo. SanFilippo interpreted that statement to mean that Rinaldo will definitely be unavailable for Tuesday’s game against New Jersey.

Rinaldo played in 66 games with the Philadelphia Flyers as a rookie last season and recorded 175 hits in the process, which was second only to Scott Hartnell on the Flyers. The 22-year-old forward also finished second in the NHL with 232 penalty minutes.

  1. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Ban Skates

    • eyeh8goodell - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      If this were Roger Goodell at the helm that’s exactly what would happen.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 20, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        Dont get upset that Roger and the NFL owners are smarter than you and protecting their investment and the league.
        In case you haven’t noticed, he’s a wonderful commish compared to Gary, Bud and Dave.

        So again, don’t be a fool because you can’t see what type of problems the NFL faces 15 years from now. Because the owners and Goodell do see the problems.

        Youth football registration on the decline, parents are afraid of concussions. NFL is losing America’s elite athletes to NBA and MLB soon. You think that will help the NFL in 15 years? Or haven’t you thought that far?

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 20, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Dan Boyle missed loads of games due to a skate dropping on his wrist!

  3. steelers88 - Jan 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Never want to see a player go down. Get better soon Rinaldo.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Unless they are Ulf Samuelson, Claude Lemieux, Sean Avery or Dan Carcilo

  4. ironcity6pak - Jan 20, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Hate it when this happens to players. Hope he doesn’t have have any nerve damage.

  5. xxshookonexx - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Im sure his ability to sit in the penalty box will be missed

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Agreed. Hate to see this happen to any player, but this is not horrible news for hockey. Rinaldo has no idea what a puck looks like.

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