Flyers defence takes a hit
Rookie Ryan Parent, who played well in last season's playoffs and was expected to be one of the Flyers' key defensemen this year, has torn cartilage in his right shoulder and will miss 12 to 14 weeks, general manager Paul Holmgren said last night.Parent may not yet be a household name, but he was going to play a very important role on the Flyers this season.
With him gone for three months or more, here's what Philadelphia's top seven currently looks like: Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Randy Jones, Steve Eminger, Ossi Vaananen, Lasse Kukkonen and Luca Sbisa.
Eminger sat a lot last season in Washington and ultimately only played 20 games. Vaananen was in Sweden's Elitserien last year. And Sbisa, the biggest surprise of the bunch, is an 18-year-old who was drafted in June and who played last season for the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
I mentioned this in the season preview, but an injury to either Timonen or Coburn would be devastating for this group. There's not a lot of margin for error in Philadelphia on the blueline.