Hartnell out 2-4 weeks; Lecavalier 1 week

Hartnell out 2-4 weeks; Lecavalier 1 week

October 12, 2013, 6:00 pm
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According to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, Scott Hartnell (left) will miss two to four weeks with an upper-body injury, while Vinny Lecavalier will miss one week with a lower-body injury. (AP)

DETROIT -- Although MRIs to both Scott Hartnell and Vinny Lecavalier were negative in terms of finding any fractures, the news wasn’t what the Flyers expected.
 
Neither injury suffered Friday against Phoenix requires surgery, general manager Paul Holmgren said, but ...
 
Hartnell will miss two to four weeks -- not one week -- with an upper-body injury that Holmgren described as a “stabbing pain.”
 
“He’s got some issues in his upper body,” Holmgren said without elaborating.
 
Lecavalier’s news was a bit better -- just one week for a lower-body injury sustained behind the goal line.
 
“We’re hopeful he can play when we come back after a week off,” Holmgren said.
 
Holmgren said Hartnell injured himself while turning on the ice.
 
“It’s a little worse than we thought and it’s in a position that affects his side-to-side movement,” Holmgren said. “It’s very painful right now. He needs rest.”
 
No one was near Hartnell when he got injured.
 
“He turned to retrieve a pass and felt something, like a stabbing pain,” Holmgren said.
 
Holmgren said that Lecavalier “jammed himself” behind the goal line against Phoenix and hobbled to the bench.
 
The Flyers recalled Tye McGinn and Michael Raffl from the Phantoms for Saturday's game against the Red Wings (see story).
 
McGinn is slated on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek while Raffl is penciled in to play with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.
 
“They’re both big bodies and they can play a bit higher up in the lineup,” Holmgren said. “Hopefully they can give us a little life and enthusiasm.”
 
Holmgren said he had no plans to make a trade right now.
 
“No, I’m anxious to see what Michael and Tye can do,” he said. “Tye was here and played some good games for us last year. I’m really excited to see Michael play.”
 
Raffl scored his first goal in the AHL on Friday night.

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