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Flyers GM Holmgren: Hartnell, Lecavalier out at least a week

Oct 11, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

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It appears the Philadelphia Flyers will be without a pair of veteran forwards for the immediate future.

As per Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier are out “at least a week.”

Both players left Friday’s game against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes with injuries. Hartnell suffered an upper-body injury and did not return, while Lecavalier suffered a lower-body injury.

That was only two-thirds of the bad news for Flyers’ fans.

The Flyers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Coyotes, and have now lost four of their first five games to begin the season.

In his first five games with Philadelphia, Lecavalier was tied with Brayden Schenn for the team lead in points with three, while Hartnell had yet to record a point.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I guess all of that messing around in Love Park has both players fragile

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      “@Stakex is a professional. Didn’t you know that he’s professional clueless toolbag on here who just rambles on with pure garbage”

      That makes you what?

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    This franchise has had exactly zero breaks over the past 50 some games. We couldn’t keep the puck out last year and we lose 13 defenders. Now We can’t put the puck in the net and suddenly our big money forwards are dropping. Only Clevelander’s can understand the feeling of being a Philadelphia fan.

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      You bring it on yourself with the ridiculous contracts your GM hands out. Hartnell, timmonen, streit. Hartnell is a role player not a top 3 forward. Blame injuries all you want but the mismanagment of this team is its downfall. They weren’t scoring goals before they got hurt.

      • biasedhomer - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        If you look at his career, Hartnell is, at worst, a 2nd line winger, and his current contract pays him at that level.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        880 games played with 485 points. Sorry I guess I expect more out of a first line forward. At best he’s a second line winger in my opinion. I understand that you can point to dupuis stats to counter what I just said about hartnell but the past 2 seasons have been the only seasons he’s been on the top line and those seasons have been really productive and he makes 2 mill less per year. That’s good cap management. Hartnell takes bad penalties and is not fleet of foot. Sorry I just don’t think he’s worth the cap or top line spot.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Is there not talent on the roster? I know ppl forget it after last seasons debacle and this horrid start but they’ve allowed 12 goals in 5 games. Their D is not as bad as everyone says. Steve Mason has been absolutely stellar with a sv% around .940 since his arrival in Philly. The puck is just not going in the net. The big money forwards haven’t played to their potential, that’s obvious, but sometimes you just need a little puck luck to get you out of a slump. And the Flyers certainly aren’t getting that. They’re pressing so much. They’re all trying to make a play instead of letting the play happen. I mean Giroux and Voracek are not going to go pointless over 82 games. Eventually Hartnell, who has been a top-6 forward for a lot of his career, Read, Simmonds, Schenn, Lecavalier, and Couturier will get some bounces.

        This team is far better than they’re showing. I mean they threw almost 40 shots at Thomas Greiss and got ONE goal… how long can that last? Eventually the puck starts bouncing your way, eventhough it hasn’t much the past 50+ games. Believe me I’m not excusing a 1-4 start with this roster but it’s early and they’re adjusting to a new coach. Plus, they’re not exactly falling behind the competition with the way the Rangers, Devs, and Caps are playing.

    • 950003cups - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Talk to me about bad breaks when Giroux “retires” and moves to Russia.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Cant wait until Malkin pulls that move….Just to watch Pens fans disappear!

      • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Please you got your Cups… you essentially witnessed a dynasty. I’ve seen Eric Lindros get streamrolled by Scott Stevens and Patrick Kane score the worst Cup-winning goal of all-time. I empathize with Devils fans but don’t try to tell a Philly fan that you’ve bogarted misery. We’re the kings of coming up short.

      • President Charles Logan - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        Where were all these Devils fans when Chris Terreri was the #1 guy in net? Devils fans multiplied when they realized they couldnt afford both the toll to cross the Hudson River as well as MSG ticket prices . Of course Johnny Mac’s (whom I respected alot when he played actually) put ya’ll on the map with one OT Winner back in 88 on the last day of the Season.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        Thought he was a Pens fan….Now i can see why his heart is breaking!

  3. brycewest - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    This franchise has over 1975 excuses (see what I did there) over the past 550 games. They couldn’t keep a prospect long enough to have them produce, and traded every production player away for other team’s prospects. Only Eagles’ fans can understand the feeling of being a Philadelphia fan.

  4. President Charles Logan - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    It’s still much too early to write them off .

  5. leafs2013 - Oct 12, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    You can’t win a Stanley Cup in October but you can lose one!

  6. flydommo - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    New Flyers Coach Craig Berube is beginning to exploit this roster’s strengths. He uses the big bodies to protect the net and block shots, plus the gives Mason the freedom to make stretch passes. If the Flyers manage to finally put some pucks in the net, they can make the playoffs. They certainly are talented enough.

    • biasedhomer - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      You have to give the new coach at least a dozen games before you can just judge him. So far, he seems to be more conservative defensively, to shore up the teams weak points. I think its only a matter of time before the Flyers offense gets it together.

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