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Couturier has abdominal surgery; 5-6 weeks recovery period

Jun 11, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

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Sean Couturier had successful abdominal surgery this past Friday. He has started rehab at our training facility and should be fully recovered in 5-6 weeks.” — Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, in a statement

Couturier played all 82 games for Philadelphia this season, plus all seven playoff games. The 21-year-old had 13 goals and 26 assists for a career-high 39 points during the regular season.

A promising two-way forward, only defenseman Braydon Coburn logged more shorthanded ice time than Couturier for the Flyers (a team that spent a lot of time shorthanded.)

  1. chrisk61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    flyers are overall still quite young and will improve each yr. their core forwards are good and intact. goalie questions appears to have been answered with mason. defense continues to be an issue. a couple aging guys — timonen and coburn — need to go. dumping meszaros last yr was a start. young defensemen not on the big club yet have to emerge. and a solid FA defensemen or 2 — like niskanen — would be great.

    flyers are 2-3 yrs away from being dominant east conf. they will compete with mont and TB for east conf supremacy. bost has peaked and nyr have short window.

    • girouxsalem89 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Niskanen isn’t really the guy to target for this club, he is going to cost a pretty penny and isn’t really a top pairing lockdown defender like the guy that they lost in Pronger. They need someone who is capable of logging big time minutes and will help them in their own end, where as Niskanen is more of an offensive defenseman.

      Also, NYR are more than just a short window. They have a great blueline and some really promising young forwards who have shown big time potential in the playoffs (Zuccarello, Stepan, Hagelin, Kreider). As long as McDonagh and Girardi are anchoring that Defense, and they have Lundy in net, they are a solid team.

    • petersteelewannabe - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      I am inclined to agree with girouxsalem89, Niskanen will probably get WAY over-paid. I believe Hextall will be patient, even if it means the Flyers don’t get much better on the blue line this coming year. Sort term it may hurt, long term Philly will be better off if I’m right.

    • flyboystransport - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Why does coburn need to go? He was pretty good last season

    • letzgoflyerz - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Coburn may not be a D-man to build around, or even be a first line D-man, but when compared to every other D-man on the team (that logged real minutes), his possession-to-competition level stats are essentially the best on the team. Coburn certainly has head-scratching moments, but he is not the issue on this team. I’m not saying he’s the answer, but he certainly is not the problem.

      • letzgoflyerz - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Not to mention, Coburn’s a decade younger than Kimmo, so defining him as aging (compared to Kimmo) is a bit of a stretch.

  2. tjvalley - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    the isles are about to tip the scale In the east. Beware. They are coming and they will be coming with force. :-)

    • claysbar - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Boyle is so excited, he can’t sign a contract with them because his hands are shaking so bad…..

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      In 3 or 4 years perhaps, but right now… not a chance. There’s no question Tavares is an absolute star but beyond he, Okposo, and Nielson it’s a TON of unproven (albeit talented) kids up front. Their blueline is a complete mess. And until their D prospects develop it’s not gonna change. Notice how premier free agents don’t choose the Isles (Boyle), so their only choice is to keep drafting and hoping. Halak is a solid goalie but he won’t have much help and I have a sneaking suspicion he chose to make a deal with NY bc he knew there would be no challenge for the job and there will be more goalies on the free agent market than starting spots available. I’m sure he was tired of sharing with Price, Elliot, Allen, and Holtby. So until Strome, Nelson, Reinhart, Pulock, De Haan, Collberg, Lee, and a few others reach their potential the Islanders will be in the same spot they’ve been in the past few decades… on the outside looking in.

  3. flyboystransport - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    If the flyers can upgrade the d with a shot from the point and replace kimmo if he retires with an adequate replacement plus maybe 2 wingers they’ll compete next season

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      I have a feeling with Jason Spezza asking out of Ottawa, Bobby Ryan will soon do the same… and then the Ryan to Philly rumors will begin once again. Coming off a down year it’s not that outlandish anymore that the Flyers could afford him… offer Brayden Schenn, another prospect, and a pick or two and it might happen. After all, Ryan is in the last year of his deal and Ottawa will probably want something for him since he’s most likely gonna walk (especially w/o Spezza). He could be the winger Giroux has needed.

      On the blueline, not only do they need a guy to to run the PP, they need a righty. Now I’m not advocating this move but if they could get Boyle on a 2-year they’d fill a need until Ghost, Hagg, Morin, and/or Alt are ready. There’s this huge misconception that the Flyers are old on the blueline, but the only guys they had over 30 last season were Timonen, Streit, and Gill. So replacing Timonen with Boyle is not only an upgrade but it doesn’t make the blueline any older. Niskanen is righty but someone like the Oilers are gonna offer him 6-7 mil and he’s $4-5 guy, tops.

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