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Report: Hartnell skates, still at least 10 days away

Feb 15, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere AP

Philadelphia Flyers winger Scott Hartnell resumed skating on Friday, but the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi reports that his timeline for a return is still basically the same. He’s expected to be sidelined for at least 10 more days.

A Kimmo Timonen shot broke Hartnell’s foot on Jan. 22, leaving him with a recovery window between one and two months.

The Flyers are starting to settle down, as they brought a 4-1-1 record in their last six games into Friday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.

Even so, Philly would surely love to have their 30-year-old agitator riding shotgun with Claude Giroux again soon. His production was limited to an assist in three games this season, but playing with Giroux and Jaromir Jagr last season helped him set career-highs in goals (37) and points (67) in 2011-12.

Before this injury, he missed just three games in his five Flyers seasons.

If that 10-day window is fairly accurate, he could return in a Feb. 25 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs or versus the Washington Capitals on Feb. 27. Then again, Philly might opt to rest him into March, as their next game after that would be a a March 2 match against the Ottawa Senators.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Ok so whats your point ! Iam still on the hook for $110 game ticket ?

  2. really999 - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Um…. Flyers blow 3-1 lead. Lose 5-3.

    Enough said. Devils are good. Flyers aren’t. Somehow pht misses this point.

    Not sure where Philly is going…maybe a more critical article addressing that would be of value. Or one discussing the Devils start. Something to consider.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      PHT discusses all injuries, especially those that really impact a team (like Hartnell). If you’ve noticed they don’t do individual recaps of games unless something (fight, injury, spectacular goal) happens.

  3. steelers88 - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    I don’t think Hartnell coming back will help the Flyers all that much. The Flyers need better defense not their fault of course because of injuries. And the Flyers need a few players to start scoring.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      I disagree, I think it will have a positive impact. Hartnell is extremely important to the PP and just keeping people away from Giroux in general. The defense hasn’t been all that bad, the problem (and it killed us last night) has been turnovers in the defensive zone and neutral zone. Timonen, usually sound with the puck, throws a pass right to Kovalchuks stick and he finds Elias wide open in the slot for the tying goal. That play changed the complexion of the game. And it happens all too often. Plus necessary adjustments don’t happen- ie continually dumping the puck in the offensive zone despite the fact that Brodeur played EVERY dump right back out. How can Laviolette keep having them follow a gameplan when the Devils are countering it perfectly? I thought we had Andy Reid on the bench last night.

  4. biffnasty - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    he has no soul

  5. mclovinhockey - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Ummm a 1st line forward who helps out one of the most skilled players in the league a lot returning to the line up isn’t important? Yeah that’s why we leave the articles to the pros moron.

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