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Flyers’ Rinaldo (high ankle sprain) out six weeks

Jan 9, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

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After experiencing perhaps his best moment of the season, Zac Rinaldo experienced one of his worst.

“Rinaldo sustained a left high ankle sprain,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren confirmed on Thursday, per the team website. “He will be out for approximately six weeks.”

Rinaldo hurt his ankle during a 3-1 win over Montreal on Wednesday night, a game in which he scored his first goal of the season. The injury comes at a time when the agitating forward had firmly established himself as a regular presence in the Philly lineup, as Rinaldo was one of just nine players to appear in all 44 games this season.

The 23-year-old currently leads the Flyers with 101 penalty minutes and 135 hits this season, averaging 7:30 of ice-time per-game.

  1. killhowe - Jan 9, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Good. The NHL can rest easy for 6 weeks without this plug in the lineup.

  2. joey4id - Jan 9, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Th

  3. joey4id - Jan 9, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    That’s too bad. He just got hot and was on a 1 game scoring streak. :-)

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Awesome, he tied Joe Vitale for goals. One more and he can catch up to Tanner Glass. This injury is gonna set back his chances of getting the 4th line RR trophy.

      • joey4id - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        Who are vitale and glass? Are they on the Flyers practice squad?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Apparently.

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 9, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Damn that’s Rinaldo, Read, Raffl, Gustafsson, and Lecavalier recently… this team needs full strength to hold onto 2nd. Hope for a speedy recovery. Opposing fans despise Rinaldo but he can be an integral piece when playing smart.

    Anyway, the Flyers are rolling and I’m hoping they can keep it up without any more injuries.

    • killhowe - Jan 9, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      When he’s playing smart. So when he’s on the bench?

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        No when he’s consistently drawing penalties, working on the PK, and energizing the squad with a big hit or fight. People hate Rinaldo bc they see one or two highlights on NHL network, but you’re missing the full player. Sure a ton will disagree but IDC, I watch every minute of the Flyers and Rinaldo is not a bad player.

      • buysamadrink - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        Hopefully, this injury won’t affect his long-term ability to continue dragging his knuckles on the ground as he walks. Philly fans can only hope…

    • hockey412 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      I don’t know if I completely buy all the hype on the penalties he draws…he’s also fourth in the entire league in penalties called AGAINST him, and the Flyers have the 2nd most minors than anyone in the league (most penalty minutes in total). I do understand he’s a heartsy player, but honestly, do you think it really hurt the team to have him out? I just don’t know about the trade off with him…Philly has a great PK but I think more 5 on 5 time would really help them…in other words I really think it helps them to have Rinaldo OUT.

      I do like his play more this year than last year (which is hard for me to say ever since the Tampa game last year where he hurt both Hedman and Malone), though.

  5. statsdolie - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    It’s funny how every team has a instigator yet everyone gets on there pedestal when degrading other teams instigator. Pathetic

  6. killerpgh - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Any time a player gets hurt it sucks. But like be real about Rinaldo. He averages 7:35 of ice time per game. The Flyers aren’t gonna really miss him. Any players (on any team) playing less than 10 minutes of ice time per game is easily replaceable.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Some of your key players are the ones with less then ten minutes of ice time. Your pk unit, your checking line or fighters. They all contribute in key ways, And rinaldo is one of our key players cause of the way he plays his game is fitted for our system. He’s one of the main reasons why are pk has been lights out lately shutting down our last 20. Every player for the most part on a team are there for a reason and zac has multiple reasons why, enough to hurt us for the nexts 6 weeks. He is very hard to replace. It’s not just replacing a goal scorer with a goal scorer. He’s got a lot of different specialties that contribute to this team and it’s gonna be hard to find someone that does everything he does. Anyone that doesn’t realize that and thinks he’s a goon, doesn’t know hockey.

      • killerpgh - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        Rinaldo is an complementary player. Not a key player. I don’t think anyone other than his teammates in a interview would say he is a key member of the Flyer because thats want good teammates say about each other publicly even when they know it’s not true. He averages 40 seconds of PK time per game. That’s 8th among Flyers forwards. I think they can replace him. I’m not saying he is a worthless goon. He has cleaned up his game while still being a physical player on the ice. I’m just saying he isn’t going to make or break the Flyers chance of winning while he is out. The only reason it might hurt is if the Flyers have no one in the AHL and are forced to play Rosehill his 4 minutes per game. And that’s an issue with the GM if Rosehill is the best option available to the team. Similar to when Tanner Glass went down with an injury for the Pens. It sucks, but players like that are easily replaced.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Your only goin by stats on him. He’s a player you have to watch to to understand his attributes to this team. He does alot of things a stat sheet doesn’t show. He’s a lot more valuable and harder to replace then a tanner glass type. I’m not saying the flyers are screwed by him goin down I’m just saying he’s been a big part of our great pk lately and is not easily replaced like majority fourth liners. He’s got a lot of different things that is hard to find all in one player and is gonna be hard to find someone that brings all that he brings. He’s been a key player for this system and team and their success lately.

  7. President Charles Logan - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Rinaldo is a good player he’s effective. Rosehill on the other hand is as useful as two titts on a billy goat

    • laxman1944 - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Spot on Mr. President

      Y’all hate him because he is a Flyer

      But you would love him on your roster.

      Kid plays a clean hard game and when he is on the ice the opposing players have their heads on a swivel.

      He may have came in a tad psycho but has learned very quickly to keep it clean or ride the pine.

      • mcphillthy - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        And laxman is exactly right. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      • hockey412 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

        Is it that clean, though? He is the fourth most penalized player in the league…tied for second in misconducts, tied for second in game misconducts. I don’t mind his play compared to last year, but I also wouldn’t ever call that “clean”?

    • mcphillthy - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Damn I actually agree with Logan for once. Rinaldo will be missed. His role isn’t to be on a score sheet. His role is to agitate and keep the guys on the other team to play with fear, which they do. Rinaldo is a key element to ANY team. There is a big reason he is hated by every fan in every other city.

      • hockey412 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        He’s not hated because he’s doing a good job, I don’t like him but that certainly isn’t the reason – he’s not known for his good clean hits, he’s known for foul play, and that’s why he’s hated. If he played the puck, I’d respect him, but he’s ONLY out there to hit and aggitate. I think if the Flyers replace him with someone that can score and stay out of the box I think they’d be in better shape.

  8. alicesrightfootesq - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    What a blow to the league.

  9. flyeredup - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    We won’t miss his. 2:23 of ice time every game

    • laxman1944 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      They will in the long run…….

  10. buysamadrink - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Wow, the way he’s being described, you’d think he’d be disappointed about not making Team Canada. Let’s be real folks. Injuries happen and if you can’t overcome the loss of a role player like Rinaldo, dust off those golf clubs come April.

  11. penguins87and71 - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Karma.

  12. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Man. That means Rosehill will find his way into the lineup. There has to be young player the Flyers can call up from ADK. Anybody but Rosehill.

    • somekat - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      Not really. Maybe Tyler McGinn. Flyers have some decent d-men prospects/younger guys they can call up that I wouldn’t mind playing emergency minutes. But the forward end is pretty slim pickings

    • flyerspsu - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:08 AM

      yeah not really, the Flyers have already decided they would rather Mcginn play 1st line AHL minutes than 4th line NHL minutes

  13. somekat - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    He’s only really out about 4 weeks. They hit the Olympic break then, and he should be back in plenty of time for when they start back up

  14. flyerspsu - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    Time for Jay Rosehill! lol i have to be one of the few fans who actually likes Rosehill, hes not that horrible and is one of the best and most exciting enforcers in the league

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:13 AM

      I have to agree with you. He can throw em with the best and he’s a huge upgrade from Shelley. Shelley couldn’t skate or play hockey and started losing fights a lot. Atleast rosehill can skate and be more effective then most enforcers. I love watching him throw em. I wish he fought more. I’d like to see them bring someone up for a few games like Jason akeson and see what he can do or even cousins. I liked what I saw in the them two when we got a small sample of them playing.

  15. toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    if the flyers had a rock play wing, their fan boys would still say they are an important piece of the team.

    • philafly - Jan 10, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      HAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      yeah you’re right Flyers fans can’t recognize the abilities of a talented winger… only the likes Leach and Barber, Brian Propp, Tim Kerr (numbers comparable to Lindros), Recchi and Leclair and Renberg, etc, etc, etc,etc… yeah the Flyers are known for their dead weight at wing.

      • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        or a lamp shade

      • philafly - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        HAHAHAH!!!!

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