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Flyers’ Hartnell improving, will see doctor Wednesday

Feb 19, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

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Even after an explosive 7-0 win against the New York Islanders on Monday, the Philadelphia Flyers could really use power forward Scott Hartnell.

The Flyers announced that Hartnell’s broken foot is improving, with an update expected following a doctor’s visit on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old winger suffered the injury from a Kimmo Timonen shot on Jan. 22. He only managed to play three games for Philly so far in 2013, managing an assist but being active with 13 shots on goal.

It’s tough to imagine Peter Laviolette avoiding the Hartnell-Claude Giroux pairing for too long after whenever he returns. The Flyers would be wise to keep things the same for Jakub Voracek, however; “Baby Jagr” has 12 points in his last 10 games.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    The Flyers have won all of 1 in a row and not looked good in too many other games except for that one…something tells me they won’t hesitate to replace Voracek (evidently aka ‘baby jagr now…really?’) with hartnell upon his return.

    • paresident21 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      You do realize jagr himself gave him that name? And why are you here again, seriiously do you have a job or a life at all?

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        Nothing to say about the article, huh…AGAIN.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:21 AM

      Its a doucheapocalypse between franchiseboy and this creep

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        HAHAHAHA you guys really never have anything to say about the concept of the articles, do you…you guys should just start a support group in real life where you can go and be together, support each other, tell each other that everyone loves the Flyers, and be free from outside opinions! GROW UP, IT’S A COMMENT SECTION! hahahahahaha. And my comment addressed the article, PERIOD. THIS is why people hate Flyers fans…

        Point is (and I know you guys seemed to have missed it)…the Flyers won ONE in a row. Are you REALLY going to not put Hartnell back on the Giroux line?

    • bombaywasahawk - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      What exactly is the “something” that tells you they won’t hesitate to replace Voracek with Hartnell. Please. Enlighten us. Then I will destroy your response with facts and stats. So let’s hear it.

      • sheckyrimshot - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        dont question the internet hockey genius, replacing a right wing with a left wing is the obvious way to go

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Not even pretending to be impartial about this – but this, for me, is way more about Read than Hartnell – and sheckyrimshot, it was Laviolette that had two RW’s on Giroux’s line last game, numbnuts, not mine, so don’t give me the LW/RW crap unless you have a clue where you are going with it. Lots of LW/RW’s are switched.

        Flyers just signed Hartnell to a LT extension and he’s never shown near the productivity that he did on Giroux’s line. To that extent Giroux hasn’t shown it either, outside of one game. Putting him lower down doesn’t even seem like a question worth answering. Giroux and Voracek are both set up men. 12 points, mostly due to a 4 point game this week, but only 3 goals. Giroux’s not known as a finisher either. Hartnell has to stay – does it make sense to have both Voracek and Giroux setting up Hartnell? Not to me – keep Read on the line as the RW (I understand that puts Simmonds on the third line). Actually my point is that Read has been the most consistent piece on that team, way undervalued. You have him for two more years and CAN bury him on the third line with an underperforming center, but why? He’s scoring on the third, doing very well, give him a shot. If Voracek is really your point-winner, spread the scoring. You need more than one scoring line, and Briere can be a set-up man and a scorer both. Point – Voracek has points, not goal. Giroux needs Hartnell and Read.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        And before it comes up, yes I know Voracek also was signed to an extension…two playmakers feeding one Hartnell just doesn’t make sense to me.

      • sheckyrimshot - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        the left wing and right wing are perfectly interchangable on playstation. not so much in real life.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        and it certainly didn’t work against the Islanders, right?

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      12 points in 10 games on a team struggling to score…something tells me jake is staying w G for at least a little while and hartnell will start off w briere, they had success in the past

      • bombaywasahawk - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:03 PM


        All LW/RW combos around their respective Centers. Look at the points those lines are putting up and tell me whose the numbnuts.

      • bombaywasahawk - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM


        All LW/RW combos around their respective Centers. Look at the points those lines are putting up and tell me whose the numbnuts. Unless you want me to do it for you, sally.

  2. broadstbully33 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    You were just waiting for a flyers article to spew your nonsense huh?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Nothing to say about the article, huh…AGAIN.

  3. paresident21 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    For as much as you “hate” the flyers you sure do know everything about the m. I think you cant resist watching all of their games you must be a fan, whats your address ill send you some flyers gesr to wear and admire while you post on EVERY FLYERS ARTICLE ON HERE

  4. mclovinhockey - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Ace is the man. He can put up serious numbers but hartnell had great chemistry with G. I don’t see what the problem with putting them back together is… Maybe switch out read…

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    I think Laviolette needs to keep the Read-Giroux-Voracek line together to see if they can continue to build chemistry. With Lavy switching the lines up so much in search of a spark he hasn’t allowed anyone to build a rhythm, but that top line was dynamic against the Islanders. If they continue to play well you can’t break them up. When Hartnell returns I’d place him on Couturier’s wing. This would provide even more balance through the lineup and allow Hartnell to ease his way back, instead of throwing him into the fire on the top line. Plus Schenn, Briere, and Simmonds showed that they can be a productive a second line. No question Hartnell will be a welcome addition but I wouldn’t expect him to be his 37-goal self right off the bat.

  6. Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Scott Hartnell – Ralph Malph

    • ml3939 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      At least your comments here are no longer hockey related as your past posts clearly indicate you know nothing about it.

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  9. biffnasty - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    he has no related news his ginger perm is looking magnificent thanks to his continued use of *soul glow*

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