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Jakub Voracek out with an upper-body injury (Updated)

Sep 24, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils have a 1-0 lead through 40 minutes in their preseason match against Philadelphia, but that’s likely not the Flyers’ top concern at this point.

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek was on a breakaway when he was hooked by blueliner Bryce Salvador at 7:05 of the second period. That caused Voracek’s lower back to collide with the post, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi.

Voracek was awarded a penalty shot and took it, but went to the locker room afterward. The Philadelphia Flyers have confirmed that he won’t return due to what they’re classifying as an upper-body injury. Beyond that, there hasn’t been any details about the severity of his injury yet.

Of course, any time Voracek misses hurts the Flyers. He broke out last season with 22 goals and 46 points in 48 games and the team is counting on him to be an offensive leader again this season. As far as tonight’s game is concerned, Vincent Lecavalier has taken Voracek’s place on the top line.

Update: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren doesn’t think Voracek’s injury is serious, according to CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Such a shame. You could tell he wasn’t feeling great on the penalty shot. That’s such a dangerous play when a defender takes out your legs on breakaway… Hopefully they’re just holding him out cuz it’s the preseason.

    • mcphillthy - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      I hope it’s nothing. That would be a huge loss.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        He did come out for another shift but was clearly in discomfort. However, if it was a legitimate serious injury he never would’ve attempted to come back in a preseason game. That’s what makes me hopeful. I have a feeling they hold him out til the opener next Wednesday, but I don’t think it’s it’s anything serious (pure speculation tho).

  2. hy3rid28 - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Didn’t look like much sore ribs at most after hitting the goal post, then again you never know let’s hope for the best

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Hmm. Not good. Hopefully it’s just a bruise.

  4. mclovinhockey - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Hope it’s just a small bruise if anything at all /:
    Get well Ace.

  5. nj666 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Suspend salvador!

  6. anthonyverna - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    “Upper-body injury.” It’s sad that the NHL still allows teams to not be specific as to the injury problems.

    • curioustraveler13 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Why? What do you gain by knowing exactly what ails your favorite player? You think because you know its a bruised rib he is going to recover faster?

      • narfmoo12 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        So we know what the injury is and can estimate recovery time? A concussion, broken jaw and hangnail are listed as “upper body injuries” … Why is this tough for you?

      • curioustraveler13 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        They can give a estimated recovery time without detailing the specific injury. If opposing players know other players injuries they are more prone to target that area during a game. Why is this tough for you? There is no need for fans to know exactly what is hurting a player and how it happened.

      • anthonyverna - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Why is hockey the only sport in which “the injury is targeted” an argument?

      • narfmoo12 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Hey Curioustraveler … If someone has a concussion, what’s the timeframe for his return? If we listened to you, Chris Pronger would have been diagnosed with an upper body injury with no timetable for his return, and then every day for the last 2 years we would have been wondering if today was the day he would start skating again. Good plan! Also, is targeting any worse for hockey players than football players? I think a running back might have more cause for concern than a hockey player.

      • curioustraveler13 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Its not, it happens in football too. Especially when players are at the bottom of a pile up. You still didn’t answer my question. What good does knowing the exact nature of a players injury do for the fan? Can you sleep better knowing vorachek has bruised ribs or back spasm’s? Does us knowing help his recovery time? Why must you know?

      • narfmoo12 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        Because we’re fans? Why ask the score of the game or who scored the goals or who was even on the ice? Based on your logic, all you need to know is who won or lost. All of that other stuff is inconsequential.

      • curioustraveler13 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Knowing game stats is different then players personal health. Are your really that invasive that you must how healthy each player on your favorite teams roster is? They play when their healthy, they don’t when their not, and the coach will give you a timeline when to expect them to play. That’s it, that’s the list. Why must you know every detail. What good does it do you?

      • narfmoo12 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        You couldn’t be more wrong. Players play healthy AND hurt. If I don’t know what the injury is, how can I evaluate his play? Giroux seemed hesitant to shoot at the beginning of last season, most likely because of his wrist surgeries. If we didn’t know that, we would think he was playing poorly or not putting in effort. Apparently you are dense or just trying to be a troll. If you can’t see the point of knowing an injury then don’t read the articles.

      • curioustraveler13 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        If you can’t tell that a player on your team is playing hurt without a full medical disclosure from the coach at the start of the game, then you need to stop watching hockey. What are you evaluating his play for? Are you going to trade him? Are you going to cut him? No your going to sit on your couch and watch him play on tv, and root for your favorite team. Your not the coach, your not privy to that information. You don’t need to know. PERIOD.

      • narfmoo12 - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        If I’m watching my favorite TEAM then why put names on the jerseys? Why keep stats? Does knowing who scored the goal change my ability to root for my favorite team? Apparently to you, certain things about players matter, but certain things don’t.

      • curioustraveler13 - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Knowing who scored and knowing someone’s personal health are completely different things. One involves the game, the other involves a person private information. How is that hard for you to understand. Scoring (game), Health (private, not game). Does a broken rib pop up on the game stats? You really aren’t that bright, I am sorry.

      • narfmoo12 - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Guess we can take contracts out of it. The coach will just tell me when the player is no longer under contract. And the GM will just tell me how much under the cap the team is at any given time. Yeah, I also don’t need to know what penalty was called because the player is in the box for 2 minutes regardless of which minor penalty is called. You also never responded to the concussion comment because it completely proves you wrong. Recoveries aren’t exact, and if you can’t realize that, you’re quite dumb. A player with a concussion would be listed as “upper body injury – return indefinite” … If that’s how you want your information, read the headlines and not the body of the story. Intelligent people ask “why?” and seek out information. Stupid people just take what is told to them at face value.

      • curioustraveler13 - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        You don’t seem to have a grasp on the difference between public and private information. Please go into work today and post your medical history on the wall. You haven’t answered any of my questions, and you knocking because I didn’t respond to the concussion question hahaha. You sign a contract that’s public information, Your doctor gives you details about your health that’s private information. Now say a player has a concussion like pronger, the coach would say that said player will be out indefiantly and wont return until he is better. How does you knowing what his symptoms are every morning help him come back faster? How does it affect how you live your life? Will you not watch them play that night because you don’t know what his symptoms are? How does it affect YOU?

  7. tss29 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Wow, this guy might be even uglier than Daniel Alfredsson. I didn’t think it was possible.

    • girouxed - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Not as ugly as Tyler Kennedy.

      • tss29 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        TK does have that pig face going for him.

  8. mcphillthy - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Speaking of ugly… Poor RNH. That’s is a nasty broken jaw. I feel so bad for that guy. Not an oilers fan but I do really feel bad for the guy. That’s a brutal jaw break. Get well and enjoy surgery

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