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Lower-body injury ends night for Flyers’ Grossmann

Mar 5, 2013, 8:59 PM EST

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Defense is a significant weakness for the Philadelphia Flyers, so even seemingly minor injuries to blueliners can be a concern.

Tuesday presented the latest headache as sturdy defenseman Nicklas Grossman suffered a lower-body injury and won’t return to tonight’s NBC Sports Network match against the Philadelphia Flyers, according to the team.

The Swede’s absence won’t be noticed much offensively (three points in 22 games), but he’s a reliable guy in his own zone. The Flyers trust him with an average of 18:34 minutes per night.

  1. mclovinhockey - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Ugh, very big loss /: hope he gets well

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    This is devastating. Grossman has easily been the Flyers best defensive defenseman. It hurts us 5-on-5, but even more on the PK. Can we get one break this season? Everytime we get close to our full roster we lose someone else. I’m praying it’s just a minor injury bc we have no suitable replacement. If its serious then Holmgren has to make a move for a solid defender. More minutes for Gustafsson, Gervais, and Foster can be a detriment.

    • ml3939 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Yeah, he is such a huge loss. It seemed like he developed a little bit of a mean streak in his game earlier in the season and he just turned into a beast. His overall play hit a whole another level as he has even shown some confidence offensively.

      Timmonen is still a very good player but his lack of speed is becoming very detrimental. He seems to be out of position more and taking more minor penalties than he ever has because he is getting beat more. Gervais seems to have mental acumen of a very good player but not the skill set. And I am not seeing what they are seeing Gustafsson. They are putting him out there when they need results and often times he seems sloppy and unproductive.

      It’s a shame. The guy I really thought might make an impact for them this year was Bourdon. He showed real promise when he came back up at the end of March last year and just looked like he got it at both ends of the ice.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:21 AM

        Yes there’s no question Grossmann has taken his play to another level. Hopefully he just tweaked something. But you’re right about Kimmo and Gustafsson. Timonen just doesn’t have the recovery speed to make up for the mistakes of others. Usually he can overcome the lack of foot speed by taking excellent angles but on breakaways he’s unable to do that. As for Gustafsson and Bourdon… last season I was way more impressed with Gustafsson myself. He looked like a young Timonen (albeit not as talented). But this year he’s been a disappointment. It seems as if he never knows what to do when he gets the puck. When it’s prudent to shoot he tries to make an impossible pass, and vice versa. He just seems to always do the opposite of what he should do and he’s prone to turnovers. He has good skating ability but his defensive instincts are lacking. Also, I hate that he’s on the second PP unit. What has he done to earn that? He always seems to find a way to throw the puck into traffic, turn it over, or lose control of the puck. I’d almost rather see Gervais or Coburn out there. I was really hoping Tobias Enstrom would make it to free agency this off-season, because he is truly like a younger Timonen, but Winnipeg locked him up. We need somebody like that, a young puck mover to run the 2nd PP. If Grossmann is going to miss substantial time I don’t see Holmgren standing pat. He’s gotta make a move.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      i thought schenn was the bees knees on the blue line for the flyers….but i guess thats only true when we are talking about the JVR trade.

      • ml3939 - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        I don’t see any comments about Schenn or any implication that he is great/terrible or anything in between. I think the implication here is that Grossman has really stepped up and some other guys have not and do not have the ability to do so. Therefore by lack of mention, it can be assumed that Schenn is doing as well as expected.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        just speakig to the irony here, flyers fans on this site are quick to say how great schenn is when the trade is brought up but when grossman gets hurt, now all of a sudden grossman is the best defenseman the flyers have? if thats the case then its hard to defend losing jvr for schenn when he isnt even the best on the blue line.

      • ml3939 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        You are responding like the Flyers traded Giroux for a defenseman. JVR is player with significant upside but the flyers have a wealth of young talent up front. Just because they trade one of those young forwards does not mean the player they trade for will be the bet on his team at that position. It is not as if he walked into a team with a talentless defense- Timonen has slowed but he is coming off an all star season, Coburn is a well above average seasoned veteran and Grossmann is an excellent defender. Schenn was not brought in with a Pronger pedigree or type expectations.

  3. 5hole26 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    cry me a river

  4. orangandblack - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I’m hoping if he misses significant time, either a significant move is made, or Meszaros suits up real soon because Kurtis Foster is a disaster

    • ml3939 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      Unfortunately Meszaros and Grossmann’s strengths lie at opposite ends of the ice. Though I guess keeping Foster out of the line up is an added bonus.

  5. brainoflindros - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Don’t worry! We still have Coburnt!
    To go with old lost 4 steps Kimmo
    Small don’t touch anyone Gustovson.
    Fumble the puck Gervia
    Hit anything that moves but cough up puck Schenn
    NEXT.

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