Ailing left foot leaves Hartnell in walking boot

Ailing left foot leaves Hartnell in walking boot

January 26, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Scott Hartnell, who injured his left foot a couple weeks ago blocking a shot, will undergo tests on Monday. (AP)

When the Flyers took the ice Sunday morning for practice before the 37th Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival, Scott Hartnell wasn’t on the ice.

According to general manager Paul Holmgren, it was a scheduled maintenance day for the 31-year-old winger. But when Hartnell showed up to the Carnival, he was spotted in a walking boot.

Hartnell will undergo tests Monday on his left foot for an official diagnosis. He recently blocked a shot with the foot.

When questioned at the Carnival, Hartnell initially refused to talk but later spoke with Comcast SportsNet’s Marshall Harris.

“What’s wrong? That’s between me and Mr. Holmgren and the doctors,” Hartnell said. “Just more of a preventive thing, a precaution. I blocked a shot a couple weeks ago and it’s still a bit sore.”

Has it worsen?

“I wouldn’t say it’s gotten worse but it’s just kind of a constant pain,” he said. “I got a test tomorrow to see what’s kind of going on, hopefully it comes back negative and just deal with the pain and just go out and play."

Hartnell said playing hockey, injuries are expected, especially the way he plays the game.

"You're in the corners a lot, you're getting crosschecked," he said. "This almost seems like nothing compared to some other mornings when you wake up after a tough game. You just gotta suck up and play and keep getting points."

Barring bad news, Hartnell expects to play Tuesday night when the Flyers host the Red Wings before heading West for three games. They have six left before the Olympic break.

Hartnell has 12 goals and 30 points in 49 games this season. He's been one of three Flyers -- Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds being the other two -- who have played particularly well in recent weeks.

In January (13 games), Hartnell has four goals and seven assists. Of those 11 points, five have been on the power play.

He is in the first year of a six-year, $28.5 million contract extension signed on Aug. 20, 2012.