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Hartnell suffers upper-body injury, won’t return for Flyers (update)

Oct 11, 2013, 8:12 PM EDT

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Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell‘s knack for falling over and over again generated the #HartnellDown meme, but considering some tough breaks recently, the hashtag just seems sad. The team clarified that Hartnell suffered an upper-body injury, not a lower-body one as previously announced.

Injuries and inconsistent play plagued the 31-year-old winger’s 2013 season,¬†as he was limited to 11 points and 70 PIM in 32 games. Those tough times hurt that much more because he came off the best year of his career in 2011-12, scoring 37 goals and 67 points in 82 games.

That slump has carried over into 2013-14, as Hartnell has gone pointless through five games (or four and change).

Even if Hartnell is playing poorly, this is another tough break for a team in turmoil, unless it opens the door for a young player to get some reps.

  1. 950003cups - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    “lower body injury”
    TRANSLATION
    “He doesn’t have any balls”

    • mp1131211 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Do you ever make a comment on here that isn’t an attempt to trash someone?

      • 950003cups - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        Ya mama!

      • 950003cups - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM

        Does that answer your question?

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Maybe he had them cut off so Sid cant give him the old “5 Finger Nut Knock”!

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      At least he is not injured from a non contact Wiffle Ball game!

  2. banger60 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Agreed, exactly!

  3. President Charles Logan - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    They should have spent the $$ on Clarkson this Summer

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    @950003cups that’s funny as hell

    Hartnell is the Flyers player that I hate the most

  5. cheesesteak75 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    As a Pens fan I love Hartnell. He makes the games fun to watch and is a pretty good guy.

    http://philabright.com/2009/03/23/despite-rivalry-fartsmell-brings-pens-fans-flyers-together/

    Get well soon Fartsmell!

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