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Flyers’ Grossmann starting rehab, Downie has second ear surgery

May 15, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

Nicklas Grossmann Getty Images

Philadelphia’s campaign has long since ended, but some of the Flyers players still have a long road ahead of them as they recover from major injuries.

Steve Downie is a prime example of that as he underwent ear surgery on Wednesday, per the Flyers’ website. The procedure was to address a hearing loss issue and is the second ear operation he’s had since the Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs.

Downie wasn’t healthy enough to participate in the playoffs and was limited to 62 games in the regular season due in part to a concussion. Making things more complicated for him is the fact that he’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Nicklas Grossman doesn’t have that concern as he still has two seasons remaining on his four-year, $18 million contract. The 29-year-old defenseman underwent ankle surgery, but he’s expected to begin his rehabilitation this week. That process is expected to take six-to-eight weeks, so he should be fine for the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

Grossman had a goal and 14 points in 78 regular season games. He also led the team with 174 blocked shots.

  1. iwt5007 - May 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Downie…you STINK!…good riddance

    • laxman1944 - May 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      You sir are a classless jerk….Downie has had a pretty rough road and it’s a testament to his inner strength that he is still in the NHL earning a paycheck.

      Do the research.

      • iwt5007 - May 15, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        I’m a Flyers fan, I know about his rough road early in his life ( the car crash, hearing loss, etc) but as a Flyers fan in the present day, I saw him take some of the worst penalties in the most inopportune times in some very pivotal games this season and that has lead me to believe that he STINKS!….so call me a classless jerk by saying good riddance to a player who WON’T be signed to the Flyers next year….maybe go play some Lacrosse before having the audacity to tell someone to “DO the research”…..Sir

      • laxman1944 - May 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        Lighten up you tool

      • iwt5007 - May 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM


  2. kastout11 - May 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Glad to see Grossman starting his rehab. You could tell he wasn’t right the second half of the year. He might have made a difference against the Rangers, but lets be honest, the Flyers weren’t going to win the cup anyway. It appears as though he will be good to go next season. Hopefully, they can make a stronger push for the cup next year.

    • goodolejr - May 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      I honestly was kind of excited to be reminded he’s only got 2 years left on his current deal. While he’s not the Flyers’ worst defenseman, he’s gotta be their worst skater on a team desperately lacking speed. Wouldn’t be upset to see him go if they could find a trade partner.

    • petersteelewannabe - May 15, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Having Mason at the start of the Rangers series probably gets us the one game we needed to get past them. If that happened, taking out the Pens would’ve been a mere formality (JK, but I think Philly has their number). Next up, the Habs-hard to say but even if the Flyers made it to the Finals, no way do they take a seven game series from either Chicago or LA or Anaheim. Having said that, the future looks promising.

  3. President Charles Logan - May 15, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Welcome to the land of Flyer fans… home of the could of should of & would have’s lol

    • laxman1944 - May 15, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      welcome to the land of Pres. Logan whose soul mission is to cut down ANYTHING Flyer related.

      • President Charles Logan - May 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        the fact that you guys were outplayed for 5 out of the 7 games in this series , prompted me to make the comment i did . ….. want some tissues?

    • courtjester1234 - May 15, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      PCL! I fart in your general direction!!

  4. flyboystransport - May 15, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Funny that before down in got the first concussion didn’t he have an 11 or 12 game point streak?

    • flyboystransport - May 15, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Didn’t before downie. …..spell check

    • flyerspsu - May 15, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      Yeah he was playing well and after the 1st concussion his point production became almost non existent and he couldn’t play his gritty agitating game w/o worrying about getting a head injury

      In his 1st game w/ the Flyers he was real gritty, throwing hits, talking a lot of trash and fought which is when he got concussed and was never the same

      • flyerspsu - May 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM

        Actually he still played well after that 1st concussion b/c that was his during his 1st game, but it was the 2nd one that really affected him

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