VOORHEES, NJ — Travis Konecny took it Friday in his restoration from an upper-body damage.
Dressed in a yellow no-contact jersey, the 26-year-old winger took section within the Flyers morning skate, which started at 10:30 a.m. ET. Konecny did not go away the ice till after 11:30 a.m. ET as he were given extra rehab paintings with talents trainer Angelo Ricci.
Konecny will omit his tenth immediately sport on Friday, when the Flyers host the Sabers (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP). After Friday’s matchup, John Tortorella’s rebuilding membership can have 14 video games left at the 2022-23 time table.
Konecny is anticipated to play once more this season.
“It is surely a objective,” he mentioned on Friday. “There is not any timeline. For me, it is simply ensuring I am wholesome and feature the boldness to head in the market, get again in complete touch once more. It is a procedure. At this level, I am simply going daily.” Looking to really feel.” Excellent.
“These days I shot a little bit extra and loaded a little bit extra sport. Then simply move from there and paintings my manner up till I believe 100%.”
The damage to the Flyers’ main objective scorer and level guy got here at an inopportune time. Konecny used to be warming up and had already set a brand new profession prime in targets. With 27 in 52 video games, he used to be on the right track to surpass 30 for the primary time in his NHL profession.
He used to be additionally on tempo to put up a brand new profession highest in issues. He has 54 simply seven shy of 61 from the 2019-20 All-Superstar season. Konecny had that yr reduce brief because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Vaccines have had a nasty yr,” Tortorella mentioned Friday. “I believe if the clinical personnel clears him, it will be very tough for me to stay him out of the lineup. I have no idea if he clears in time. We are getting out of the sport, we’re doing.” operating out of time.”
Bearing in mind the Flyers have misplaced 16 in their closing 20 video games (4-12-4), specializing in comparing the long run and would not thoughts serving to their NHL draft lottery odds, Konecny There’s no wish to carry Okay. again into sport motion.
But when Konecny works arduous to go back, will get utterly blank and desires to have some rust earlier than the summer time, the Flyers should believe it. If anything else, he is earned the correct so as to add to his season.
When Konecny isn’t at the ice, the Flyers lack his offense and effort. In 15 video games with out him this season, the Flyers are 2-10-3 and feature allowed only one.93 targets in line with sport.
Sean Couturier (again) and Cam Atkinson (neck) were sorely overlooked all over the season.
“I believe our clinical personnel did an ideal activity with those 3 guys the place you could have athletes who need to move now and sought after it the next day to come,” Tortorella mentioned. “I believe they have were given to grind with those guys, they have were given to grind with them to ensure they get it proper.”
Atkinson won’t play this season. Couturier is anticipated to get a minimum of a sport or two. To this point, Tortorella mentioned he thinks the couturier is “almost definitely nearer” than Konneci.
After working towards in a yellow non-contact jersey on Thursday, Couturier used to be in an ordinary orange sweater on Friday on the group’s trade morning skate. The 30-year-old heart helped Noah Cates in a faceoff right through the skate.
“Cotes is in conferences now, he is getting into conferences now as a result of he is beginning to follow with us,” Tortorella mentioned. “Cam is principally running off the ice. At the ice I believe will come earlier than the tip of the yr.”
The Flyers would move directly to omit the playoffs 3 consecutive years for the primary time since 1989–90 to 1993–94, once they went 5 consecutive seasons with out a post-season berth. Danny Briere has been serving as intervening time common supervisor for per week now and he stated the Flyers have a protracted option to move earlier than contesting re-election.
Konecny desires to be one of the vital key items riding this procedure ahead.
“This has been my house for seven seasons now,” mentioned Konekny. “Goed thru a large number of excellent instances and dangerous instances too. So whilst you get thru that stuff as a group and probably the most guys who’ve been right here, it is going to imply that after you’ll achieve the tip objective and win It manner so much to be part of a procedure like this. You simply must loosen up, move to paintings and spot what occurs.”
Previous to Briere turning into intervening time common supervisor, Konecny labored with the previous Flyer to help along with his offense.
“A large number of folks do not see snow the best way they noticed snow,” Konecny mentioned. “After which on most sensible of that, being in command of issues and seeing Danny as intervening time GM at this time, it is nice to look what he is were given to get his idea procedure transferring ahead.”
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